We have started using new methods to let potentially eligible parents know about 2 year old funded places, so instead of the usual letter, you may receive an email or text from us. You will still need to complete an application and get your code before you are able to arrange your funded place with a childcare provider.
If you are eligible, you will be issued with a code to take to your childcare provider (nursery etc). When your child can start their funded place will depend on their date of birth. Please see the table below for an explanation of start dates.
|Child’s 2nd Birthday is between
||Place will start
|1 April - 31 August
From 1 September following their 2nd birthday (depending on when your childcare provider allows funded places to start during this claim period)
|1 September -31 December
From 1 January following their 2nd birthday (depending on when your childcare provider allows funded places to start during this claim period)
|1 January – 31 March
From 1 April following their 2nd birthday (depending on when your childcare provider allows funded places to start during this claim period)
You can also apply if you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits:
- Your 2 year old may get funded 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 funded childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:
- leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds
- support from your local council because you have ‘a child in need’, for example they have a disability or a child protection plan
- the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)
- Hong Kong's British Nationals (Overseas) (BN(O)s) granted leave to remain with no recourse to public funds. BN(O)s will also be entitled if the child has SEND, an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or they are a looked after or previously looked after child. For further information on these criteria, please see Help paying for childcare: Help paying for childcare: Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds - GOV.UK
Other support available
Early years funding for Ukrainian refugees
Applications for 2 year old funding will need to be made via the CitizenPortal. If the parent/carer is on a low income and in receipt of one or more of the qualifying benefits, the claim can be made on the grounds of income/benefits. If they haven’t been awarded, they would need to apply under ‘other eligibility’ and attach documentation to support the claim. These applications will be manually assessed on an individual basis.
We are currently awaiting further clarification on what documentation/evidence is acceptable, but believe that they may be in receipt of Biometric Residence Permits. We will update this page when we have more information.
Providers will also need to ask for ID evidence to confirm the date of birth/legal name of the child e.g. birth certificate/passport etc.
All 3 and 4 year old Ukrainian children will be able to access the universal 3 and 4 year old funding from the start of the funding period following their 3rd birthday. Applications for 30 hours (extended entitlement) needs to be made via HMRC in the usual way.