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15 Hours Free early learning for 2-year-olds

Is your family living on a low income or claiming income based benefits? Does your two year old have additional needs, or have they left care? You may be entitled to claim free childcare up to a maximum of 15 hours during term time, or 11 hours per week throughout the year.

Every eligible child will be given the opportunity to experience high quality early years’ education with the support of a trained, high quality registered childminder, nursery, children’s centre or pre-school.  The aim of the programme is to enable your child to receive high quality early education that will help them to be school ready. 


Who is eligible?

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and get one 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
  • tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • 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:

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

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

Your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)

A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:

This entitlement is available in the term after an eligible child’s 2nd birthday.  You should be able to keep your child at your preferred provider until they can access a school place, normally in the September after their 3rd birthday.  Your entitlement will continue to be free regardless of whether your family’s financial circumstances change.

This entitlement is available in the term after an eligible child’s 2nd birthday. You should be able to keep your child at your preferred provider until they can access a school place (normally in the September following their 3rd birthday). Your entitlement will continue to be free regardless of whether your family’s financial circumstances change.

When will my child/children be eligible for their free place?

Child’s second birthday falls between:

 

They will be entitled to their free place from:

Parents can contact their borough to apply for a places from:

1 April and 31 August

The start of the Autumn term in September

From April

 

1 September and 31 December

The start of the Spring term in January

From September 

1 January and 31 March

The start of the Summer term in April

From January

 

How can I apply?

Register online and apply for Free Early Learning for your 2 year olds 

When your child is 20 months you can now complete your two year old funding request using our online application form. This is the quickest and clearest way to ensure your information is received by the Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Service.

This information will be used to check if your child is eligible for a free place.  If you are eligible, you will be notified and allocated a place. If you are not already registered, this information will also be used to register your family with your local children’s centre. This ensures that you are kept informed of local services that can benefit your family.

If you have any difficulty completing the form, you can get help from your local children's centre. Alternatively, you can get assistance from the Family Information Service by emailing Bi-boroughChildcareandEarlyEd@rbkc.gov.uk; or by calling 07814 804262.

Early Years Providers offering 15 hours free education and childcare for 2-year-olds

Please find a list of Early Years Providers offering 15 hours free education and childcare for 2-year-olds:

Funded places for 2-year-olds

 


Last Updated 04/08/2020

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