Finding and funding childcare

Helping you find the right childcare options for your family. We also offer advice on whether there may be funding available to help you cover the costs.

Changes to childcare funding

Starting from April 2024, existing childcare support will be expanded in phases. By September 2025, most working families with children under the age of 5 will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare support. The changes are being introduced gradually to make sure that providers can meet the needs of more families. This means that:

  • from April 2024, eligible working parents of 2-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours childcare support the term after the turn 2
  • from September 2024, 15 hours childcare support will be extended to eligible working parents of children from the term after they become aged 9 months to 3 years
  • from September 2025, eligible working parents of children under the age of 5 will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare a week.

Like the existing offer, depending on your provider, these hours can be used over 38 weeks of the year (during school term time), or up to 52 weeks if you use fewer than your total hours per week. Sign up for more details about the upcoming expansion from April 2024, as well as how and when to register for support with childcare costs.

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