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Free childcare for 2 year olds

2 Year funding

You can use our Citizen Portal to check eligibility and apply for free childcare for 2-year-olds.

Apply for free childcare for 2 year olds here

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and 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 (DLA)
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

If you’re a non- UK citizen who cannot claim benefits

If your immigration status says you have ‘no recourse to public funds’, you may still get free childcare for your 2-year-old. You must live in England and your household income must be no more than:

  • £26,500 for families outside of London with one child
  • £34,500 for families within London with one child
  • £30,600 for families outside of London with two or more children
  • £38,600 for families within London with two or more children

You cannot have more than £16,000 in savings or investments.

 

If you’re eligible the childcare starts the first school term after your child's second birthday.

The date of birth criteria are as follows:

  • Children born in the period 1 January to 31 March: the start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child’s second birthday
  • Children born in the period 1 April to 31 August: the start of term beginning on or following 1 September after the child’s second birthday
  • Children born in the period 1 September to 31 December: the start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child’s second birthday.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Families Information Service on tel no: 01642 527225.

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