Some eligible two-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education. Eligibility is decided using similar criteria to those children who would qualify for free school meals. Two-year-olds who have a statement of special educational needs or who are receiving Disability Living Allowance are entitled to a free place.
Eligibility for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
- tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:
You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.
Disability Access Fund
The Disability Access Funding (DAF) is funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings.
Providers taking three- and four-year-olds that are eligible for the Disability Access Funding will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of up to £615 per year. The Disability Access Funding is not based on an hourly rate and is an additional entitlement.
Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the Disability Access Funding. Children in receipt of the Disability Access Funding will be eligible when they take-up any period of funded entitlement.
For further information email the early education support team: EarlyEducationSupportTeam@Rutland.gov.uk
Since September 2018 foster carers have been able to apply for fostered children where the following criterion is met:
- accessing the extended hours is consistent with the child's care plan, placing the child at the centre of the process and decision making, and
- If in a two parent family, when both partners are foster carers, both must engage in any amount of paid work outside their role as a foster carer. If one partner is not a foster carer they must meet the main criteria for working the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage as outlined above.
- If in a single parent foster family, the foster parent must also engage in any amount of paid work outside their role as foster carer.
For further information email early education support team: EarlyEducationSupportTeam@Rutland.gov.uk
If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits
Your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act
- 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 free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:
Visions Children Centre can tell you if your two-year-old qualifies for the free offer as well as helping you find a free place.
Find out if you are eligible for funding by contacting Visions Children's Centre on 01572 758383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org