Page last updated 12 August 2014
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Funded Early Learning for 2 Year Olds

If you are a childcare provider or professional wishing to make a 2 Year Funding Referral and for information about discretionary places, please visit the Delivering the 2 Year Old Programme page.

Is my child eligible?

August 2014: There has been a new update to the eligibility information below.

Families in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit with an income of no more than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) could now be eligible for a Funded Early Learning place for their 2 year old child.

Due to essential maintenance work, the Online Eligibility Checker (OEC) will be unavailable on Saturday 16 August. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

To check eligibility please use our Online Eligibility Checker (OEC). If you require support with using the OEC, please visit your local Children's Centre or Library Plus Service who will be able to help you.

To be eligible a parent/carer must have an income below £16,190 and be claiming the one of the following state benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of the State Pension Credit; or 
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
  • Working Families Tax Credit, with an income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

If eligible, the OEC will give you a reference number which remains active for six weeks. If the reference number expires, you will need to use the OEC again to obtain another valid reference number.

When and where can I start my place?

If the OEC confirms eligibility, you will receive the offer of a funded place for your 2 year old. You can use any Good or Outstanding OFSTED registered Childcare Provider or  Childminder.

To find a list of Childcare Providers or Childminders please see our Children and Families Service Finder.

The Funded Early Learning for 2 year olds entitles eligible children to 570 hours, split into 3 Funding Blocks a year of Funded Early Learning. The maximum amount of hours that can be taken in a week is 15 hours.

To find out when your child would be able to start a 2 Year Funded Place if eligible, use the start calculator document below:

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