2 Year Old Funding

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

 
 You may also like to look at the information from PACEY at the link below about the benefits of childcare for your 2 year old:
 

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 and have been given a reference number/code, you can return to this page to find childcare if you wish.
  3.  To check if you are eligible for 2 year old funding please Click here

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:

 

 

  • is In Care
  • is Leaving Care in Special Guardianship, Adoption or Residence Order
  • receives Disability Living Allowance
  • has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan
  • is a child of Zambrano Carers with no recourse to public funds - if you are working you need to meet the low level income requirements of other parents e.g. a net annual income threshold of £15,400. 
  • is a child of a family with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights - if you are working you need to meet the low level income requirements of other parents e.g. a net annual income threshold of £15,400. 
  • is a child of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999)  - if you are working you need to meet the low level income requirements of other parents e.g. a net annual income threshold of £15,400. 
  • 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 or, if you are applying as a Zambrano Carer, a person with no recourse to public funds and Right to Remain or as an Asylum Seeker, you should contact child.care@croydon.gov.uk    

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 the reference number or code given to you by the checking system. 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.
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