funding age 2

Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.

You must be getting one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • They’re looked after by a local council
  • They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
  • They get Disability Living Allowance
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
  • If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

     

child’s birthday

when you can claim

1 January to 31 March The beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August The beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December The beginning of term on or after 1 January

For more information please contact your local council regarding free early education and how to apply by following this link: www.stoke.gov.uk