Take our childcare survey

We want to understand how the covid pandemic has affected supply and demand for childcare. Tell us your experiences of childcare during the pandemic and we will use your feedback to work with providers and schools when planning childcare in Sheffield.

We want all parents of children up to the age of 16 to tell us their views. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete.

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks.

Some 3 to 4 year olds from working families are eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for the extra 15 hours a week.

When it is available

You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday. 

Child's birthday Start from
1 April - 31 August 1 September
1 September - 31 December 1 January
1 January - 31 March 1 April


What you need to do

You must take the following to an approved childcare provider:

  • proof of your child's date of birth (eg. birth certificate, pasport)
  • your proof of residency (eg bank statement, household bill)


Taking the childcare place

  • you must take the free childcare  at an approved childcare provider
  • it stops when your child starts reception class or reaches compulsory school age

You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

There are other rules about how you can take your entitlement.

Contact Childcare Planning Team