Help with childcare costs

Free childcare for 2 year olds

For free childcare for your 2 year old, you must receive one of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance;
  • Income-related employment and support allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit if your annual household income is below £16,190;
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

or your child:

Free early education for 3 to 4 year olds

All maintained nursery schools and some day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders offer free early education.

When can my child get free childcare/early education?

Your child can receive free childcare from the term after their second birthday or nursery education from the term after their third birthday:

Child born betweenEntitlement begins
1st January to 31st MarchApril (Summer term)
1st April to 31st AugustSeptember (Autumn term)
1st September to 31st DecemberJanuary (Spring term)

How many hours is my child entitled to?

  • 570 hours per year;
  • Maximum of 15 hours per week over 38 weeks per year (term time);
  • Some providers can offer fewer hours per week but for more weeks of the year.

How is the childcare/early education paid for?

Funding is paid directly to the childcare provider.

What happens to the information I provide?

Information is stored confidentially in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
We share information with children’s centre teams and childcare providers.

If you do not want your name and address to be shared, please contact us:

Warwick and Stratford – 01926 742218
Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Rugby – 01926 742233

or email us at

We have a duty to report any safeguarding concerns about your child to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

Early Years Pupil Premium

Did you know your Early Years Provider may be able to claim extra funding to enhance the quality of your child’s early education? For more information take a look at this leaflet.

EYPP A5 leaflet (PDF, 86.26 KB)

Help with childcare costs was last updated on May 12, 2017.