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Funded childcare for 2 year olds

Parents or carers of two year olds who meet the criteria can apply for a free early learning place to fund childcare sessions for 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks of the year.

When to apply

You can apply from when your child is 1 year and 36 weeks old.

At what age is 2 year old funding available?


  • children born between 1 January and 31 March are eligible from the Summer term after Easter holidays (April)
  • children born between 1 April and 31 August are eligible from the Autumn term (September)
  • children born between 1 September and 31 December are eligible from the Spring term (January)

What isn't covered?

Please make sure you are aware of any additional charges before your child attends your chosen childcare provider.

The 15 hours free childcare offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips).

Providers may charge a fee for these additions. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 15 hour place, and must be offered alternative options. If you choose to pay for these, it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider.