Free nursery funding for 2-year-olds

You may be entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free early years childcare with an approved provider. The entitlement starts the term after your child’s second birthday.

It is for 15 hours per week over 38 weeks or 570 hours over a year.

To qualify you must meet either criterion A, B, C or D.

Criterion A: Economic: Children whose parents/carers are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support.
  • Income based Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax, not including benefit payments.
  • Tax Credits, and the combined household (both parents) income is £16,190 or less a year, before tax.
  • The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit.
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

Criterion B: Children looked after by the Local Authority:

  • Child in Care ‘looked after’.
  • Child has left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order.

Note: social worker details are required to verify eligibility for Criterion B.

Criterion C: Child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability as defined by:

  • Children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Child with a current Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEND).
  • Child with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

Note:  documentation copies are required to verify eligibility for Criterion C.

Criterion D: Non-EEA citizen who can not claim benefits and are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act:

  • Claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as 'Part 6').
  • Been refused asylum in the UK (known as 'Section 4').
  • If the combined household (both parents) income is £15,400 or less a year, after tax, and have either;
    • leave to remain 'with no recourse to public funds' on family or private life grounds.
    • the right to live in the UK because the parent(s) are the main carer(s) of a British citizen (known as a 'Zambrano Carer').