30 hours free childcare: extended entitlement

Currently all 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to access up to 15 hours a week of free, universal and part-time early years education at an approved childcare provider. This includes day nurseries, pre-schools, independent school nurseries or childminders. The entitlement starts the term after your child’s third birthday.

Children of working parents/carers in Harrow may be eligible to receive an additional 15 hours a week or 570 hours per year of free childcare. This means that some families will be able to claim 30 hours per week or 1140 hours of free childcare per year. This is available for each three or four year-old in your family. The hours can be taken during term time only or stretched across the year, depending on the opening hours of the childcare provider.

Participating providers across Harrow include: 

  • pre-schools / Playgroups 
  • day nurseries
  • maintained state nurseries
  • childminders
  • breakfast & after-school clubs
  • holiday playschemes

For a list of childcare providers offering up to 30 hours childcare places see: List of settings offering up to 30 hour childcare places

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