Family Information Directory

Funded childcare for 2 year olds

Non-Economic Criteria

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

  • are looked after by a local authority
  • have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have any of the following:

  • the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)
  • support from your local council because you have a 'child in need', for example they have a disability or protection plan
  • leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds

If you are a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits then you may still be eligible if you receive support under the immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as 'part 6')
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as 'section 4').
For more information please read: Extending eligibility guidance for 2 year old funding (PDF)

If you meet any of these criteria, please complete the following Application Form and be ready to upload your supporting documents.  If you need help with completing the online form please take your supporting documents to your nearest Children's Centre.

Supporting documents could be:

  • a pay slip
  • a court order documentation
  • a letter confirming an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is in place
  • a letter confirming a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) award