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Early learning and free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

All three and four year olds in England are entitled to free, part-time early learning, care and development.

15 hours free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds

Services are available for up to two years, until children reach statutory school age. 

Children can currently attend on a part-time basis for 15 hours a week, for 38 weeks of the year. This can be taken flexibly over a minimum of two days, and a minimum of 2 and a half hours per day with up to two providers.

30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

The Government offers 30 hours of free childcare per week for parents of three and four year olds, to help them continue or take up employment. 


Contact us
Childcare places
03000 268 913
Our address is:
  • Childcare Places
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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