Eligible children can get funded part-time early years education from the term after their second birthday. There are places at a range of providers in the area. Please see:
Two year olds can get funding if they are:
- a child who has been in Local Authority care for one day or more. (Children who are Looked After or CLA);
- living in a family who meet the criteria for Free School Meals (FSM), see: Free school meals ;
- living in a family who receive Working Tax Credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year;
- living in a family who receive Universal Credit with a net earnings threshold of £15,400.
- a child who has a current statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care plan;
- a child who attracts Disability Living Allowance;
- a child who is no longer looked after by the Local Authority as the result of:
- an adoption order;
- a special guardianship order;
- or a child arrangements order.
To check eligibility, you need your National Insurance (NINo) or National Asylum Support Service (NASS) number and visit:
For help with the online application, please read: Guide for online application for Two Year Old Funding [PDF 843KB] .
If eligible, you can print your own eligibility letter or show it on your phone to your chosen provider.
|Date of second birthday||Place available|
|Between 1st January and 31st March||Place starts in April (summer funding period)|
|Between 1st April and 31st August||Place starts in September (autumn funding period)|
|Between 1st September and 31st December||Place starts in January (spring funding period)|
The funded entitlement is 15 hours a week, up to 38 weeks a year. It can be taken at one of our approved early years providers. For a list of providers, visit: Childcare Search .
If you needs more help to find a suitable place, we offer a free brokerage service. For more on this, please contact:
Parents and carers of two year olds should be given a written summary (or progress check) on their child's development. For more about this, please read: 2 year old progress check: a parent's guide [PDF 411KB] .
Your child will be offered a 'Two year old Integrated Review'. This brings together the thoughts of you (parent), your health visitor and your childcare provider (if you have one). This will make sure that:
- your child's progress, the things they can do well and anything they may need extra support with is recorded;
- your child can start to access the services they need to meet their individual needs.
- Funding Factsheet for Parents 2018 [PDF 128KB]
For more about this review, please read: Two year old integrated review [PDF 282KB] .