Free Early Education and Childcare for Eligible 2-Year-Olds

250426_845870785459430_1863388072338333941_nDid you know that many two year olds are entitled to free early education and childcare? Why not take a minute to find out if you are eligible?

You may qualify for free childcare if you receive any of the following benefits:

To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit and earning less than £16,190 a year

From September 2014 your child will also be eligible if:

  • They have a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • They receive Disability Living Allowance

In addition all looked after children and children who have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order will be eligible.


Eligible children will be able to have 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week during term times. This is a total of 570 hours which can be stretched over a whole year to help working families with their regular childcare costs. Once you have been offered a funded place your child will continue to receive funding even if your circumstances change. Children are eligible the term after their second birthday.

For more information at to apply visit the Family Information Service.