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2 year old funding (15 hour offer) and how to apply

Some families with two year olds are eligible for up to 15 hours a week term time or 10/11 hours a week over the year of early education and childcare.  Eligible children can be funded from the term after the child’s second birthday:

Child’s birthday

When your child can start early education funding

1 January to 31 March

on or after 1 April (Summer Term)

1 April to 31 August

on or after 1 September (Autumn Term)

1 September to 31 December

on or after 1 January (Spring Term)

Who may be eligible?

Two year olds are eligible for 15 hours free early years provision if:

The parent(s) claim one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if a parent is entitled to Universal Credit they have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent's most recent Universal Credit assessment periods
  • Tax credits and they have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

 Or if the child:

  • Has a statement of special education needs (SEN) 
  • Has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • Is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Is looked after by a Local Authority
  • Is no longer looked after by a Local Authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

Applying for 2 year old funding

Please complete the online 2 year old funding application form to find out if your family is eligible for funding.  You will need the following information to hand when you apply: 

  • Child's date of birth
  • Parent's date of birth
  • Parent's home address
  • National Insurance number or National Asylum Seekers number

This application will take around 5 minutes to complete.

You will receive an instant outcome to your application.  Outcomes for this application will be:

1) Eligible – you will receive a confirmation email with your eligible reference number that you can take to an approved childcare provider in Havering. 

2) Not eligible – you will be advised of the next steps

3) Not eligible: Further information required – If you have selected you have a child with additional needs and/or Disabilities, that the child is Looked After Children, subject to a care order or has been Adopted from Local Authority Care additional evidence will be requested.

Funding cannot be offered without a confirmation email and cannot be backdated. 

How to access a 2 year old childcare place

Once you have selected a childcare provider you will need to show them your Eligible offer email.  Next steps:

  1. The provider will taken down the eligible EY reference number from the offer email and request evidence of your child's date of birth (passport or birth certificate) to claim the funding from the Local Authority for your child .
  2. The provider will confirm the availble start date for funding and ask you to complete any necessary paper work.

If you are looking to change childcare provider you must ensure you have given notice to them before looking to take up a new childcare place.

2 year old early years funding film

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