Funded early education and childcare for eligible two year olds

Eligible children can receive funded part-time early years education from the term after their second birthday. Places are available at a variety of childcare providers in Calderdale.


Eligibility criteria

Two year olds are eligible for the funded entitlement 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 eligibility 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;
  • 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 for eligibility, you can complete a simple online check at:

Online application for Two Year Old Funding


For guidance on the online application, read: PDFGuide for online application for Two Year Old Funding [PDF 843KB] .

If you are eligible, you can print your own eligibility letter or show it on your phone to your chosen provider. You will need your National Insurance or National Asylum Support Service (NASS) number to hand.

At what age is early education available

Date of second birthday Place available
2nd birthday between 1st April and 31st August Place starts in September (autumn funding period)
2nd birthday between 1st September and 31st December Place starts in January (spring funding period)
2nd birthday between 1st January and 31st March Place starts in April (summer 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 require additional support in finding a suitable place, we offer a free brokerage service to help you.

For more information, 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 must be provided with a short written summary, or progress check. This is about their child's development, from their child’s early years provider. For more detail on progress checks, 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 (the parent), your health visitor and your childcare provider (if your child has one). It 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.

For more detail on Integrated Review, read: PDFTwo year old integrated review [PDF 282KB] .