North East Lincolnshire Council

Two year old funding

The term after your child turns two could mean they’re entitled to 15 hours a week, for 38 weeks of the year of free early education.

Do I qualify?

You could get 15 hours of free childcare for your 2 year old if:

  • you’re on a low income
  • earn no income
  • receive certain benefits
  • your child has specialist needs and is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • a child you provide care for is looked after by the Local Authority

How does it work?

  • Minimum of two days a week
  • Sessions can’t be longer than 10 hours a day, or shorter than 2 and a half hours a day
  • Hours must be taken between 7am and 7pm
  • Funding can be split between a maximum of two providers

If your child turns 2 on or between

You can apply for two year old funding from

Your child can start their early education from

1 April to 31 August 1 April 1 September
1 September to 31 December 1 September 1 January
1 January to 31 March 1 January 1 April

Choosing a childcare provider

Your entitlement to free childcare doesn’t guarantee you a place with your first choice of childcare provider. It’s up to a provider what hours and places they offer, and you need to check that what spaces are available.

View approved childcare providers who offer places for 2 year old funding.


Contact details

Families First Information Service, Civic Offices, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN


Telephone: 01472 326292 option 1

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm  and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays