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What is my child entitled to?

All children are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare per week which is a total of 570 hours per year. These 15 hours are known as the "universal hours". Children will continue to be entitled to these universal hours free hours until either the end of the term in which they become five years of age or until they start in a maintained, academy or free school reception class.

These hours can be used in many different ways such as 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year, or less hours per week for more than 38 weeks of the year. Your childcare provider will have more information about what they can provide to you.

Some children are entitled to an additional 15 hours per week which is known as the "Additional hours" or "30 hours". More information about these additional hours is available on the page Apply for 30 hours of childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.