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Funded childcare for two-year-olds

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Your two-year-old can get funded early education or childcare if you live in England and get any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both), and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Two-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

  • are looked after by a local authority
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

You may have to pay for extra costs such as:

  • meals
  • nappies
  • additional hours
  • additional activities, such as trips

If you're not eligible for free education and childcare for parents getting benefits

You may be able to get free childcare if you're working under a separate scheme.

If you're eligible for both schemes

You can only get help from either: 

If you're eligible for both, you must apply for help through the free education and childcare for parents getting benefits scheme.

If you're a non-UK citizen who cannot claim benefits

If your immigration status says you have 'no recourse to public funds', you may still get free childcare for your two-year-old. You must live in England and your household income after tax must be no more than:

  • £26,500 for families outside of London with one child
  • £30,600 for families outside of London with two or more children

You cannot have more than £16,000 in savings or investments.

Contact your childcare provider or check with us if you're unsure if you can get free childcare.