Early Learning and Childcare

Apply for an eligible two year old place

Enrolment week 14-18 June 

Parents who have children born between 1 March 2019 and 28 February 2020 and who meet the following criteria may be eligible for up to 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). Applications can also be made for chilren who meet last years birthday criteria and who have not yet turned three years of age, these would be born 1 September 2018 up to 28 February 2019.

Qualifying Criteria

  • children must have been born between 1 March 2019 and 29 February 2020
  • parents must in receipt of one of the following benefits on list A or B below
  • meet the alternative criteria

List A

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • incapacity/severedisablement allowancces
  • Pension Credit

List B

  • Child Tax Credit  but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,480
  • Child Tax Credit  but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,480
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your income is under £7.5k
  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £625
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 199

Alternative Criteria

  • children aged two or over who are (or have been at any point since turning two) looked after by a local council, the subject of a kinship care or guardianship order are eligible
  • children of care experienced parents born between the birth dates above

How do I apply?

You need to complete the online Eligibility Check Form.

If your child is eligible for a funded two year old place, the funding will remain in place until he or she starts ELC3, even if your circumstances change.

If access to the Job Centre+ is difficult, due to distance to travel, please ensure all relevant paperwork relating to eligibility for List A is attached with the application.