Signposting - Childcare - Don’t Miss Out on Free Childcare for Two-Year Olds


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Don’t Miss Out on Free Childcare for Two-Year Olds

If you have a child who was two years old on or before the 31st December 2020, you might be eligible to apply for 15 hours free childcare a week.

The free childcare, known as Better2gether Funding, is for parents for whom at one of the following applies: -
•Are on Income Support,
•Receive Job Seekers Allowance,
•Have an income of less than £16,190 before tax and are on tax credits or £15,400 if they are on Universal Credit,
•Have an eligible child with an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan),
•You claim DLA for your two-year-old,
•You foster a two-year-old,
•Your two-year-old was adopted from local authority care or they have left care under a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.

The funding is for up to 15 hours’ childcare a week (over 38 weeks a year), and can be used at local nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. All childcare settings are COVID-19 secure and have a range of measures in place to ensure everyone can learn safely. It may also be possible to stretch the free hours over 50 weeks of the year. Parents do not have to take up the full 15 hours straightaway, they can just claim for a couple of sessions a week. Free childcare can be claimed whether you are at home or not, and can give parents a break or provide time for them to do things they need to do.

All childcare is provided by registered professionals who are fully trained in looking after children, have been police checked, have paediatric first aid qualifications and who currently hold either a good or outstanding Ofsted grading.

Click [DETAILS] for more information including who is eligible for funding.

Click [APPLY] to apply online for funding. If you have any difficulties with the online form, please email

To find eligible childcare providers in your area, you can use this [online childcare directory], you can even refine your search to include experience of caring for children with disabilities and diagnoses.