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Application for 2 Year Old Funding

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Who can apply?
If eligible, your child can receive up to 15 hours of childcare per week, for up to 38 weeks of the year.
You can apply if you receive at least one of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits and have an annual gross earnings of no more than 16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Two year old Looked after Child
  • Two year old child with a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health Care Plan
  • Two year old child with Disability Living Allowance
  • Two year old child who has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order
When could my child start?
If you receive a place, your child can start their free childcare the term after their 2nd birthday.
BirthdayStart Date (following their 2nd birthday)
1st January to 31st March1st April
1st April to 31st August1st September
1st September to 31st December1st January
How do I apply?
  1. Complete this application form. Don't panic - Childrens Centre's and health visitors can help if you need it.
  2. Once you have completed the form click Submit.
  3. If you are eligible, we will send you a letter to take to your chosen childcare provider. We will also send you a list of approved childcare providers.
    The Family Information Service can also help you find a childcare provider to suit your needs and answer any questions you may have. You can contact them by phone on 0300 300 8585 or email or visit
  4. Take your letter to your chosen provider - they will let us know if you have taken the place
The local authority reserves the right to verify information given on this form with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and/or Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. Any offer of a place will be on the basis that the information supplied is accurate and up to date.