2 year olds
15 hours per week free childcare is available for 2 year olds who meet the below criteria. Eligibility is based on combined household circumstances.
Your 2 year old can get free childcare if you get any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both), and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- 2 year olds can also get free childcare if they:
- are looked after by a local authority
- have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- get Disability Living Allowance
- have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order
If you’re a non-UK citizen who cannot claim benefits, you may still get free childcare for your 2 year old if your household income is less than:
- £34,500 for families with one child
- £38,600 for families with two or more children
You must have no more than £16,000 in savings or investments.
Apply for free childcare for 2 year olds
You can apply by contacting an approved childcare provider in the borough which is registered to offer free places for 2 year olds.
They will ask you to provide proof of eligibility, for example a benefit award letter or they can request an eligibility check on your behalf. They will also let you know when the funding can start.
When will my child be eligible for the free entitlement?
|Child born between||Term they can start|
|1 September and 31 December is eligible from January||Spring Term|
|1 January and 31 March is eligible from April||Summer Term|
|1 April and 31 August is eligible from September||Autumn Term|