London Borough of Barnet

Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

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Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for up to 15 hours of free early education (FEE) up to 38 weeks per year (term time only). These 15 hours can be taken as flexibly as your childcare provider is able to offer. Children become eligible the term after their third birthday. To find out more information please visit Free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Free Early Education for 2 year olds

The Free Early Education for 2 year olds (FEE2) offers eligible children up to 15 hours per week of high quality early years education from the term after their second birthday.

Free places for 'Rising Three's'
A 'Rising Three' is when a child turns 3 at some point during a school term. During this period, a child may still be eligible to access free places under the FEE2 scheme even if they have had their third birthday, as they are not yet eligible to claim the FEE 3 and 4 year old funding (which applies the term after a child turns 3). If you have started your child in an Ofsted graded 'Good' or 'Outstanding' childcare provider and are paying for their place, please check our FEE2 funding criteria to see if you can get a place for free now!

To find out further information on the FEE2 and Rising three's please visit Free Early Education for 2 year olds

For more details on how the FEE for 2, 3 and 4 year old schemes operate view the free early education guide

You can also contact FYi for further information or advice.


Families and Young People's Information Service.

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