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Free childcare and early learning for 2, 3 & 4 year olds - free 15 hours, free 30 hours

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Quick links to apply for free early education and childcare:

15 hours free for some 2 year olds

15 hours free for all 3 and 4 year olds

30 hours free for some 3 and 4 year olds

Some families can get 15 hours free childcare and early education, per week for 38 weeks of the year (570 hours) for 2 year olds. If you are eligible, you can get 15 hours a week free during term time, at a nursery, children's centre, childminder or some Islington Primary Schools. For further details about eligibility go to

All three and four year olds are eligible for 15 hours free early education - at a nursery or with some childminders - each week during term time (38 weeks), beginning the term after the child's third birthday.

Some families can get an additional 15 hours free childcare and early education (1140 hours in total). For further details about eligibility go to

For further information about free childcare and early education see Islington's Free Early Education webpage, or contact the Family Information Service, 020 7527 5959.

The Childcare Choices website outlines the full range of help for parents with childcare costs.

You can watch a short video to hear how parents and children have benefitted in Islington from Free Early Learning and Childcare.