Funded early education and childcare for eligible two year olds

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:

Eligibility criteria

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:

Online application for Two Year Old Funding

For help with the online application, please read: PDFGuide 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.

At what age is early education available?

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:

  • Username Early Years Learning and Childcare Team
  • Email
  • Address
    Town Hall
    HX1 1TP

Two year old Integrated Review

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: PDF2 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.
  • PDFFunding Factsheet for Parents 2018 [PDF 128KB]

For more about this review, please read: PDFTwo year old integrated review [PDF 282KB] .

See also