Introduction to funded childcare for two year olds
We offer funding for some families with two year olds worth up to 15 hours of funded childcare each week. You could use these funded hours at a day nursery, maintained nursery, playgroup, pre-school or with a registered childminder. If you do not want to use 15 hours straight away, you can always build this up over time and as your child gets older increase the amount of funded hours they use. You can apply online now from the comfort of your own home.
Why is quality early learning childcare good for your child?
Early learning childcare encourages your child to:
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?
Your two year old can get funded early learning and childcare if you live in England and if you claim one of the following benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax
Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
The Working Tax Credit 4 week run on, this is the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Children of Zambrano Carers if their parents meet similar low level income requirements to others eligible for the scheme
Children of families 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 who meet the same criteria of economic disadvantage
Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’) who meet the same criteria of economic disadvantage.
Your two year old:
is looked after by the Derby City Local Authority
has an adoption order
has a residence order or child arrangements order
has a special guardianship order
receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
When can my two year old take up a funded childcare place?
You can also visit the government's Childcare Choices website which outlines a range of other funding options you may be entitled to. It has a childcare calculator to give you an estimate of how much help you could get with childcare costs. Parents and carers can sign up for updates and notifications on tax free childcare as well as other government childcare cost schemes.
Have a look at our childcare directory to see all the providers offering two year old places in your area.