Children are eligible to receive free Early Year’s Education Funding from the start of the term after their 2nd birthday for a maximum of three funding periods.
Parents/carers cannot apply before the start of the funding period in which the child’s second birthday occurs.
Once approved the entitlement to 2 year old funding lasts until they go on to the Early Years Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds even if your financial circumstances change.
You can qualify if one parent or carer is receiving one of the following:
A 2-year-old can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
Parents must check their eligibility for the entitlement to Early Years Education Funding for their 2-year-old. Parents will need their National Insurance number, date of birth, name and child’s details. Eligibility can be checked online (www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs) or you can call 0345 155 1013.
HOW TO USE THE FUNDING...
Speak to your nursery manager to understand nursery opening hours and how this entitlement is being implemented at your setting.
HOW TO REGISTER...
You can call the contact number listed above. You will need the following information:
o Your name
o Name of child and details
o National Insurance Number
You should be informed immediately during this conversation if you are eligible and will be issued with a reference number, this will be followed up in writing. You will then need to complete a declaration with your nursery manager, during which you will agree a start date and sessions (subject to availability)