This website is currently under review and information may not be accurate. We are refreshing the overarching partnership priorities for children and young people in Lancashire and expect these to be published, supported by new governance arrangements, in autumn 2018.

Toolkit for Professionals

About the campaign.

Some families are eligible for 15 hours free childcare per week, from the term after a child has turned two.  Children are eligible for this offer if a parent receives certain benefits.  Places are also available for Lancashire children with additional needs, Traveller children, and children of serving armed forces personnel.

More information about the offer is available at  There is an online eligibility checker for any family who wants to check if they meet the criteria to apply for a place.

Here are a few ideas on how you could incorporate the 'Free Early Education for 2 Years Olds' campaign messages into your organisation

Social Media:

  • Upload the Facebook timeline image and/or cover photo to your organisation's Facebook page.  Here's an example message that you can use with the timeline image: 'Find out if you can get free childcare for your 2-year-old, and for information and advice see: #LancsFIS

  • Share our free early years social media messages at

  • Re-tweet our free early years twitter messages from @LancashireCC throughout the year

  • Social media advice regarding the campaign can be found here

In your workplace and locally:

  • Display our posters around the workplace

  • Pick up and/or distribute a copy of our flyer

  • Pick up and/or distribute a copy of one of our leaflets

Lancashire County Council's Family Information Service is available to help anyone if they want help or want to talk to someone about this.  Contact them by calling free on 0800 195 0137 or complete this enquiry form and they will get in touch.