You can claim a maximum of 15 free hours per week. The maximum hours you can claim depends on how many days per week your child attends the provider.
If you attend 1 day, you can claim a maximum of 10 hours
If you attend 2 or more days, you can claim a maximum of 15 hours
Please be aware that although the government has set these maximum limits, it is up to individual early education providers to decide how they are going to offer the free hours. This means that the number of hours in a session and the days available may be different at each provider. Please check with your provider if you are unsure how they offer the free hours.
You can claim a maximum of 570 hours per year, which is 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. If your provider is only open during term time, you will be allocated your free hours for the actual number of weeks which the provider is open during each term. If your provider is open all year round, you will be allocated 14 weeks for autumn term, 12 weeks for spring term and 12 weeks for summer term.
Some providers who are open all year round may allow you to stretch your free hours over the full year. For example, you could get 47½ free hours per calendar month. You may find this is an easier way to work out any payments you need to make to your provider for additional hours or services.