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What is 2 year old funding and what does it mean for my child?

 
 

How do I check if I am eligible for 2 year old funding?

  1. This online checker will take you through a series of questions to find out if you are entitled to 2 year old funding
  2. Once you have identified if you are eligible for 2 year old funding, please return to this page to find childcare.
  3.  To check if you are eligible for 2 year old funding please click here(When you apply you do not need to 'Sign-up Now' you can just click on the 'continue without an account' on the bottom right hand corner.)

Please note 

You will not have to fufill the financial criteria shown on the self checker tool above, if your child meets one of the criterias listed below:

  • they are looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an
  • education health and care plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order
  • or adoption order

If one of the above applies to your child you will not need to carry out a self check. In order to claim your two year funding you will need to take relevant documentation as proof of your child's circumstances to your chosen setting.   

I am eligible for 2 year old funding, what now?

  1. Only Ofsted registered Good or Outstanding Childminders, Day Nurseries and Pre-schools can offer 2 year old funding
  2. Please, click here to find childcare near you
  3. Once you have chosen, please call the setting to make an appointment  to visit, it is a good idea to look at more than one.
  4. Please take all relevant documentation with you: your child's birth certificate, proof of address and your certificate of eligibility. There should be no deposit charged on a 2 year old place.  Funding will start from the beginning of the term following your child's 2nd birthday, so for children becoming 2 between 1 January and 31 March funding will start from the term on or after 1 April, children becoming 2 between 1 April and 31 August are eligible from the start of term on or after 1 September and finally children becoming 2 between 1 September and 31 December are eligible from the start of term on or after 1 January.