Funded childcare for eligible 2 year olds

What is this for?

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and get one 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
  • child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-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
Do not use this application if you wish to apply for the new funding for working parents of 2-year-olds. Instead, please visit the GOV.UK website to check you're eligible for free childcare if you're working.

If you’re a non-EEA 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 2-year-old and you have less than £16,000 in savings or investments and your household income is no more than:

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

If you have NRPF, please complete the below application form instead.

2YO Application Form - NRPF
Download (70KB - DOCX)

To support your application, we require:

  • evidence proof of yours and your partner’s (if you have one) NRPF status in the form of:
    • a share code to allow us to check your immigration status digitally or
    • a copy of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • evidence of your income and savings in the form of:
    • three months’ worth of bank statements for yourself and your partner.

Your application form and evidence of NRPF status, income and savings must be returned to:

When should I see if my child is eligible?

If your child's 2nd birthday is on or between: Earliest date you can see if your eligible from:
1 January - 31 March  beginning of January 
1 April - 31 August  beginning of April
1 September - 31 December  beginning of September

Please do not make an application prior to the earliest date shown above.

What is it going to cost?


What we need from you

Please complete the form by selecting Do it Now and supply any supporting documentation which is requested within the form to

What you should expect from us

If you are successful you will receive an eligibility letter with a reference number to take to your chosen childcare provider. 

More information

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Last updated: 03 April 2024 08:48:54