Page last updated 18 July 2014
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Funded Early Learning for 2 Year Olds

If you are a parent or carer, you can check below whether your two-year-old is eligible for funded early learning.

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?

Parents/carers can now check their eligibility by using our Online Eligibility Checker (OEC).

The OEC is simple to use and takes you through a step-by-step process to check. 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

You cannot be in receipt of Working Tax Credit (except during the four-week period immediately after the employment ceases, or after you start to work fewer than 16 hours per week.

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 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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