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Funding for 2 year olds

Many families with 2 year olds are unaware they are eligible for free early years education. To qualify for the funding you must receive one of the following:

• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you receive when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
• Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit/Universal Credit and have a household income of £16,190 a year or less.


Children are also entitled to a place if:

• They’re looked after by a local council
• They have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
• They get Disability Living Allowance
• They have at some point been in care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If your child is eligible you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is:

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1st January – 31st March

The beginning of term on or after 1st April (usually after Easter)

1st April – 31st August The beginning of term on or after 1st September
1st September – 31st December The beginning of term on or after 1st January


For term-time children at LEYF nurseries our term dates closely follow local schools. For children attending all year round, our stretch terms cover roughly one third of the year each.

Your nursery cannot issue this funding, it must be applied for through your local authority. For more information see: www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

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