Free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

In Blackburn with Darwen some two year old children and all three and four year old children can access free early education.

Free early education is an opportunity for your child to join in play based activities in a quality environment to support their developmental learning journey and prepare them for school.

Free early education is offered by a range of providers in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors.

To find out more information please download the free early education for two, three and four year old children booklet from the "Documents" section below.

15 hours free early education for 2 year old children

Available for families receiving some forms of support.

Find out if you are eligible

If your child is eligible, they can access 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks from the term after their second birthday up to a maximum of 570 hours per year that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare providers

Apply for 2 year old free early education

15 hours free early education for 3 and 4 year old children

  • All three and four year old children can access 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks from the term after their third birthday
  • Up to a maximum of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare providers
  • To apply for 3 and 4 year old free early education contact your preferred childcare provider directly

You can find a list of childcare providers at the back of the ‘Free early education for two, three and four year old children’ booklet. You can download this from the "Documents" section below.

30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year old children

30 hours free childcare is available for working families who meet the national eligibility criteria up to a maximum of 1,140 hours per year. This is an additional 15 hours childcare per week on top of the universal offer

Find out if you are eligible and apply online

If you have applied for 30 hours free childcare and you disagree with the eligibility outcome as determined by HMRC, there is a review and appeals process available.

The review and appeals process is managed by HMRC. Please contact the HMRC Customer Helpline on 0300 123 4097.

30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year old children in foster care

From September 2018, some children in foster care will be entitled to 30 hours free childcare giving foster families the same support as other working households

Find out if you are eligible

If you think you may be eligible, download and complete the appropriate application form from the "Documents" section below