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
  • 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

If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits

Your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)

A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:

 

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?

Free

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 earlyeducation@doncaster.gov.uk

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: 14 August 2020 13:42:19