Free childcare for two year olds

If you think your 2 year old child might be eligible for free and funded childcare and early learning, apply today.

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Families with 2 year olds may be able to get free 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 but not working tax credit
    • are in receipt of working tax credit but not child tax credit
    • are in receipt of the working tax credit 4 week run on

You are not eligible if you are claiming working tax credits and child tax credits at the same time.

If you meet the qualifying criteria above, your child will become eligible from the term after their second birthday for up to 15 hours of free childcare each week.

If you are having problems checking your eligibility and need support with this, please contact us at 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
  • you have the right to live in the UK because you're the main carer of a British citizen (known as a 'Zambrano Carer') A Zambrano carer is the primary carer of a British citizen child or dependent adult where requiring the primary carer to leave the UK would force that British citizen to leave the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • you are a family who have a right to be in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights)
  • you are a family receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • you are a family receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989

If your child meets any of the other qualifying criteria, please call us directly 020 8583 6421.

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