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Funded early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and help with childcare costs

Looking for a funded early education place in Staffordshire?

Our directory can provide more information on funded early education places for 2-4 year olds and details of providers who offer funded places.

See our related page on funded early education and childcare to search the directory.

Watch our videos outlining Jo, Nicole and Amy's story.   These local parents talk about how funded childcare has helped their child with special educational needs. 

Think 2 - Funding for two year olds


Some families with 2 year old children could be eligibile for 15 hours of funded childcare per week over 38 weeks, or 570 hours across the whole year.

Families must meet a criteria as funding is to help those most in need, parents on income support, earn less than £16,190 per year would qualify.

Check eligibility and apply

3 and 4 year olds are all entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare

All children are entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare over 38 weeks, or 570 hours across a whole year, from the term after turning 3 years old.

Parents should simply enquiry with their childcare provider. Find out more.

30 hours childcare

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Working families with children aged 3 & 4 years may now be able to benefit from an additional 15 hours of funded childcare (30 hours in total).

Parents should also be aware of the extended criterion which includes eligibility for 30 hour childcare where one parent is working and the other parent has caring responsibilities.

More information is available here.  

Applications should be made through Childcare Choices

Tax free childcare – Up to £4,000 per child, per year available for families towards childcare costs.

For parents with a disabled child, up to £4,000 per year is available towards childcare costs. The funding can be used for childcare parents pay for (outside of the funded entitlements for two, three and four year olds).

To qualify, children must be aged between 0-17 years and:

Tax-Free Childcare can be used all year round to help pay for:

  • Registered childminders, nurseries and nannies
  • Registered after-school clubs and playschemes
  • Registered schools
  • Home careworkers working for a registered home care agency

For more information and to apply:

Visit the Childcare Choices website.

Other support for childcare costs

Other than Tax Free Childcare, further help could be available for parents through:

Parents who are in further education could get support through: