Brent parents can benefit from free childcare

10 August 2016

Did you know that some 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 years olds in Brent can access 15 hours of free childcare?


Also known as 'free early years education' or the '15 free hours scheme', this government grant entitles all 3 and 4 year olds to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year (equivalent to school term time).


The entitlement starts from the beginning of the school term immediately following the child's 3rd birthday and continues until the end of the school term, before they are eligible to start primary school. For example, if a child turns 3 in February, their entitlement would start from the beginning of the summer term in April.


You can use this funding at most private day nurseries, pre-schools, children's centres or with some childminders - make sure that they offer funded places before you enrol.


Eligible 2 year olds can also access 15 hours of free childcare education and the eligibility criteria can be found at


Leader of the Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said:


"Good quality childcare can help your child make friends, improve their speech and language, prepare them for school and allow them to take part in exciting new activities.


"It can also give parents and carers some time to themselves and the opportunity to get back into work or training.


"Being a parent myself, I understand the importance of giving our children the best start to their lives and I'd encourage all parents and carers with a 3 or 4 year old and those with eligible 2 year olds to take advantage of this free early education offer."


For more information on free early education for 3 & 4 year olds and to see if your 2 year old is eligible, email or visit