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Free Early Education and Childcare for 2 Year Olds

Did you know that some children who are aged two years of age can access 15 hours of free early education and childcare?

Currently the criteria for 2-year-olds in England to get free early education and Childcare is the following:

All two years old who are looked after by the Local Authority (LA )

Those two year olds whose parent/carers are in receipt of one of the following:-

- Income Support

- Income based job seeker’s allowance (JSA)

- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

- Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

- Child Tax Credit and have an annual income not over £16,190

- Working Tax credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year

- Universal Credit

- if the child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan

- if the child is eligible for Disability Living Allowance;

- if the child has left care through special guardianship, child arrangements order or through an adoption order

If your child’s eligible, you can start claiming free early education after your child turns 2. The date you can apply  will depend on when their birthday is as proof of eligibility only lasts for two months from the day of application. 

A Child turns 2

in the period

Application period

Will become eligible

for a 2yr funded place

1st April to 31st August

1st July -31st August

1st September (AutumnTerm)

1st Sept to 31st Dec

1st Nov – 31st Dec

1st January (Spring Term)

1st Jan to 31st March

1st Feb – 31st March

1st April (Summer Term)

To find out if your child is eligible please complete an application form which you can do online at the link below

Two year old free childcare application

Alternatively you can gain support at your local Start Well Family Centre.

 To find out where nearest centre is located please click on the following link:-

Find my nearest Start Well Family Centre

Alternatively contact the Family Informatin Service Contact Centre on


Telephone: 01942 404364

For Free Early Education and Childcare for Three and Four Year Olds

Free Early Education and Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Alternatively contact the Family Informatin Service Contact Centre on


Telephone: 01942 404364

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