Find out if you qualify for free childcare scheme

Share this article

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 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.