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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 6am and 8pm
  • Funding can be split between a maximum of two providers
If your child turns 2 on or betweenYou can apply for two year old funding fromYour child can start their early education from
1 April to 31 August1 AprilSeptember intake
1 September to 31 December1 SeptemberJanuary intake
1 January to 31 March1 JanuaryApril intake

Before you can apply online you must login or register on MyNelincs.

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 the list of Early Years providers for 2 year olds (Word, 55KB) who offer funded places.

Contact details

Families First Information Service

Telephone: 01472 326292 (option 1)

Childcare Choices

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