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FREE childcare for eligible two year olds in Barnsley!

More than half of Barnsley’s two year olds are eligible for up to 15 hours a week free early education in a Family Centre, Day Nursery, Preschool or with a Childminder.

That's FREE childcare hours for you- to have a break, get a few things done at home, spend time with your other children, study, work or start to look for employment.

Did you know that research shows that high quality early education at two brings benefits to children’s development and helps children prepare for school.

To be eligible you must be claiming one of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usuallly means a combined income of less than £15,400 a yesar after tax)

It's quick and easy and you usually get an answer straight away!

Please click here to apply online



PLEASE NOTE: Two year olds are also entitled to a place if:

1: They get Disability Living Allowance

2: They are looked after by a local council

3: They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan

4: They have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Please note: If you are applying under criteria 1, 2, 3 or 4 you DO NOT need to apply online.

Please click here for more information.

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