Free childcare for two year olds

Free and funded childcare for two year olds

Children are eligible from the term after turning 2 years old and a parent has successfully applied and received a code. This is for 38 weeks of the year (during school term time). You may be able to get free/funded childcare for more weeks if you use fewer than 15 hours per week. Check with your childcare provider to find out if this is something they offer.

If you are not eligible for free/funded childcare for parents getting benefits

You may be eligible to get free/funded childcare if you are working under a separate scheme.

Families with 2 year olds may be able to get free and funded childcare and early learning at an Ofsted registered private day nursery, pre-school or with a childminder if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Universal Credit and not working
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • your incomes is £16,190 a year or less, and:
    • are in receipt of child tax credit, working tax credit (or both)
    • are in receipt of the working tax credit 4 week run on

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If you are having problems checking your eligibility and need support with this, please email or call 020 8583 6421

Other Qualifying Criteria

You are also able to receive free and funded childcare and early learning if :

  • your child has an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP)
  • your child receives disability living allowance
  • your child is looked after by the local authority; or
  • has left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangement order or adoption order

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 and funded childcare for your 2-year-old.

Your  household income must be no more than:

  • £34,500 for families with one child
  • £38,600 for families with two or more children

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

If your child meets any of the 'other qualifying criteria', please email or call 020 8583 6421

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