Families earning less than £16,190, with a two-year-old, could get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week at a day nursery, pre-school, childminder or in some school's nursery class.
You can now apply for Two-Year-Old funding (locally known as Me2) directly via the Citizen's Portal. You can also apply for a school place for your child via this portal. There is guidance on the portal to help you complete your application.
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
If you're eligible the free early education and childcare:
Please note: Unfortunately we are unable to fund Tier 4 International Students with no Recourse to Public Funds unless sufficient evidence is provided to support an application from a Professional referral.
The 15 hours must be used over at least two days each week and parents/carers can use a maximum of 10 hours a day between 8am and 6pm.
|Child's birthday||When you can claim|
|1 January to 31 March||The beginning of term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||The beginning of term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||The beginning of term on or after 1 January|
If they're eligible, your child can claim a free place from the beginning of the term after they become two years old.
To find out if you can get free childcare for your two-year-old child you can:
Complete the Me2 Funding Request Form [PDF, 117KB]
For income-related enquiries, details will be checked against the official Department for Works and Pensions secure online tool and a limited HMRC service. A letter will be sent to the parent/carer confirming eligibility and this letter can be presented at your childcare provision as proof of eligibility.