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Free early education and childcare
All parents of pre-school children in Newcastle are entitled to some free early education and childcare before they take up a reception place.
The pages below provide more information:
- All three and four year olds are entitled to at least 15 hours per week, term time or 570 hours over the year.
- Some working parents are entitled to 30 hours (or 1140 hours over the whole year)
- Many two year olds are entitled to 15 hours a year early if they are from lower income families or meet some other criteria
Did you know?
You can also get help with childcare costs for older children or for hours in addition to your free entitlement.
This can be through Tax Free Childcare or support through Tax Credits or Universal Credit
For more information: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Need more information?
Speak to an early years provider in your own area - you can search by area or postcode here: Newcastle Support Directory
Or ask your health visitor or local Children's Centre for advice and support