Free early learning for two year olds

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What is this?

Did you know that your two year old could have up to 15 hours of free childcare each week? This could be used at a Day Nursery, Playgroup, Pre-School or with a Registered Childminder.

Quality early learning within settings can help your child:

  • learn
  • play
  • make new friends
  • experience new activities
  • get ready for school

It can also help you:

  • have more time
  • take up a college course
  • go back to work
  • meet other parents
  • get ideas of how to help your child play and learn

Are you eligible?

If you have a household income of more than £16,190 you would not be eligible, unless your child has a disability or is a looked after child.

Do any of the following apply to you?

You get at least one of these benefits:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Help from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)
  • Pension Credit Child Tax Credit and / or Working tax Credits where your household income is £16,190 or less

Or?

Your two year old is looked after by the Derby City  Local Authority or has a Child Protection Plan. Children with adoption orders, residence orders or special guardianship orders are also eligible.

Or?

Your child has a disability and receives Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) / Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

If you are entitled, free early learning is available from the term after your child turns two and finishes at the end of the term in which your child turns three. You can then claim the three and four year old 15 hours of free early education.

How to Apply and when do they start?

To find out if you are eligible, please contact The Family Information Service on 01332 642610. You can also check online from the comfort of your own home by visiting the Free Childcare Check. You can also apply within your local childcare settings and children's centres.

Child's birth date

They are eligible for a free place from:

Their free place ends:

You can apply for a place from:

1st January and 31st March The beginning of the summer term (April) At the end of the spring school term as your child turns three. 1st January, before the April you want to take up childcare in.
1st April and 31st August The beginning of the autumn term (September) At the end of the summer school term as your child turns three. 1st May, before the September you want to take up childcare in.
1st September and 31st December The beginning of the spring term (January) At the end of the autumn school term as your child turns three. 1st October, before the January you want to take up childcare in.

Please do not apply too early. The best time to apply is one month before your child’s free place should start (refer to the table). Applications will be processed within 5 working days.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions document for the answers to your questions about this offer.

Useful forms

Contact details

Email:
Post address: Families Information Service
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 642610
Minicom: 01332 640666

Families Information Service
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS