Find out if you qualify for free childcare scheme

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Free childcare for Derbyshire’s two-year-olds is still available from next month – and families can now apply online or by text.

Working families on a low income as well as families on certain benefits can get up to 15 hours of free childcare a week.

The hours can be flexible and can be used in nurseries, pre-schools or with childminders.

To make it easier for families to find out if they qualify for the Government-funded scheme, Derbyshire County Council has launched an online application form and a low-cost text service.

The online form can be filled in at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freechildcare or text the word ‘child’ from your mobile phone to 86555. The authority will then call you back and can tell you whether or not you qualify.