Funding

Early Learning for 2 Year Olds

  • For Families in England receiving some forms of support
  • With 2-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for you 2-year-old you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit GOV.UK for further information.
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare providers.

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers 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
  • Tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • 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:

  • have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order.
    Contact your childcare provider or local council to find out more.

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