Funded childcare for 2 year olds

If you receive some additional forms of government support or you are working and on low income you can apply direct with the county council for 15 hours of funded early education and childcare for your 2-year-old. From April 2024 working parents are eligible if they earn from 16 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage and less than £100,000 adjusted net income per year. Working parents can apply direct at

Funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

From the term after your child's third birthday, they can have up to 15 hours a week at a local nursery or with a childminder funded by the government.

30 hours funded childcare

Eligible working families can get an additional 15 hours funded childcare on top of the 15 hours universal funded childcare.

Help paying for childcare

Financial support for you and your family.

Funded places for 3 and 4-year-olds

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All 3 and 4-year-old children are entitled to up to 15 hours per week at a local nursery or with a childminder.

Hear from a Lancashire parent and an early years provider.

Learn more about 3 and 4-year-old places

Funded places for 2-year-olds

Play, learn and grow with a local nursery or childminder

Play, learn and grow with a local nursery or childminder.

Hear from our Lancashire providers about the benefits of a 2-year-old place.

Learn more about 2-year-old places