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About Two Year Old Funding

Do you have a two year old?

If so, then you could be eligible for a free early education place. Your 2 year old could access up to 570 hours of early learning funding, used at ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rated childcare providers.

This funding can be accessed in several ways:

  • Up to 15 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year (term time only)
  • You can stretch your 2 year old funding to cover school holidays, for example use 11 hours over 51 weeks of the year. (Please note that you may not receive the full entitlement if you use the stretch option). 
  • You can bank some of the hours to use at a time that is best for you. So, reduce your hours for some weeks of the year to build up spare hours to use at another time.

All of these options depend upon the childcare provider’s vacancies and other circumstances such as opening times; so all will require a discussion with the provider first.

Financial criteria

To receive this funding, you must be getting 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
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have an Education, Health and Care plan (formerly a Statement of Special Educational Needs)
  • they get Disability Living Allowance 
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Funding starts...

The funding starts the term following your child’s second birthday:

  • A child born between 1st April and 31st August can access childcare from 1st September
  • A child born between 1st September and 31st December can access childcare from 1st January
  • A child born between 1st January and 31st March can access childcare from 1st April

Find out if your child is eligible

Complete this form to request an eligibility check for free early education.

You can also call or email the office, you will need to provide your date of birth, surname and National Insurance Number.

Alternatively, text 60030 starting with the word 'NEF' and then the benefit claimants surname, date of birth and National Insurance Number.

Contact details

Telephone:  01208 265688


Finance Team
Chy Trevail
PL31 2FR

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