Free Childcare


Free Childcare for Eligible Two and Three Year Olds.


Fifteen and thirty hours of free childcare is available for all eligible two and three-year-olds. (terms and conditions apply)

Two Year Old Funding

Two-year-olds who meet the criteria for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority can apply online at

This funding should not be applied for any earlier than eight weeks before the start date of the term that you want your child to attend.  All term dates and an online eligibility checker is available for your information using the above website address, alternatively, search for two-year-old funding Lancashire.

Please note, it is the responsibility of parents to apply for this funding. The nursery can only complete the process when the bursar has received a copy of your confirmation letter and your child’s NHS number, without this normal session fees will apply.

Three and Four Year Old Funding

All three and four years olds in Lancashire are entitled to fifteen hours of free education from the term after their third Birthday, and they continue to be eligible in reception class until the term in which your child turns five years old.

There is no need to apply for this funding, your child is automatically entitled and all necessary information will be submitted to the local authority by the nursery/school.

Eligible children are entitled to a maximum of fifteen hours (3 sessions) per week for up to 38 weeks of the year.  Additional sessions will be charged in line with our current fee structure.

Some 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week. Check if you’re eligible at

For clarity, you are entitled to the following:

  • 15 hours (3 sessions) taken over 2/3 days
  • 30 hours (3 days) must be taken in full day sessions.

If you move your child to another nursery after the headcount date, you will not be able to claim a free place for the rest of the term.

We are now pleased to announce we will be offering 30 hour Free Childcare for eligible 3-year-olds.  This funding needs to be applied for, via LCC – prior to the term in which your child turns 3.

If you are eligible for 30 hours funding, you must complete the Parental Agreement form below and provide a copy of your confirmation letter or email.

Parental Agreement Form Download