Free Early Learning and the '30 Hours' offer

Free Early Learning (FEL) is Government funded childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds.  This can be up to 15 hours a week or less hours a week for more weeks of the year.

Through play activities, children learn language, physical and social skills, and as they get older it helps to prepare them for the routine of going to school. Children who use a FEL place show greater levels of achievement in their school years.  It also helps parents and carers access employment and training.

From September 2017, eligible 3 and 4 year olds will be able to double their Free Early Learning, known as '30 Hours Free Childcare'. To apply for the additional free hours from September you will need to apply by 31st August 2017.

Apply and find out more about Free Early Learning and the '30 Hours' offer by visiting the Sheffield Directory 

Children’s centres

Our children’s centres cover the whole city and offer advice, support and activities for families with children under 5 and maternity care for expectant parents. You can find out more about children’s centres and the services they offer on the Sheffield Directory. 

Best Start

Sheffield has the Best Start Strategy for the delivery of services to families of children aged 5 or under. The strategy has been developed in partnership with health services and the private, voluntary and community sectors.