Information for practitioners about funded childcare for 2-year-olds
The 2-year-old funding allows eligible 2-year-old children to access a funded early education place with a childcare provider. This funding is a targeted scheme and is a statutory entitlement to families claiming certain benefits.
If you’re a parent or carer looking for more information, visit the childcare section.
Either parent or carer income based criteria:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part 6 of the Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit and you have an annual household income no more then £16190 as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (TC602 Final Award Notice)
- Universal Credit - provided you have an annual net household income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £15400 (assessed on three most recent assessment periods)
Eligibility based on the child:
- the child attracts Disability Living Allowance (you must submit a copy of your award from within the last 12 months when requested)
- the child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- the child is looked after by the local authority
- the child has left care through an adoption order child arrangement order or special guardianship order
No Recourse to Public Funds families.
The parent or carer must have a maximum household income of:
- £26,500 for families outside of London with one child
- £30,600 for families outside of London with 2 or more children
- a maximum capital threshold of £16,000 in all areas
- student visa holders
- zambrano carers
- families who have no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction
- those who have claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
- a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- those with a UK Ancestry Visa
- those with temporary protection status under Section 12 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
- those with pre-settled status who do not meet the qualifying right to reside test
- chen carers
- families holding a BN(O) passport
- spousal visa holders
- work visa holders
- those with no immigration status
Should a family's circumstances change, they will not lose their funded childcare place.
Please note: there may be children currently attending your setting who may now qualify for a funded childcare place. If you think families may be eligible please advise them to complete an online application form.
Once a family has completed an application form and they are found to be eligible, the family will receive an email with a letter and voucher code attached explaining their entitlement. The voucher should be presented to you, and this is what you will use to make your claim on the provider portal.