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Free childcare and early education places

In this section

  1. Free childcare and early education places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds
  2. Does my two-year-old qualify for free childcare and education?

Does my two-year-old qualify for free childcare and education?

Free early education for two-year-olds is available to eligible children from the term following their second birthday. Your child may be entitled to it if you or they receive one or more of the following:

  • income support
  • income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • income-based Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA)
  • child tax credit or working tax credit and have an annual income of not more than £16,190
  • support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • the working tax credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for working tax credit)
  • universal credit

Your child

  • if your child has a current statement of special educational need (SEN) or an education, health and care plan (EHC)
  • if your child receives disability living allowance (please provide proof of entitlement)

Two-year-olds also qualify who:

  • are looked after by their local authority
  • have left care through or through an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangement order