Free funded childcare places for two-year-olds
Parents or carers of two-year-olds who meet the criteria (below) can apply for a Free Early Learning place to fund childcare sessions for 15 hours per week flexibly, 38 weeks of the year from the term after their second birthday.
Free childcare places can be taken flexibly between 7am and 7pm however the following applies:
Maximum of 10 hours in one day
Minimum of 2.5 hours in one day
No more than 15 hours over 2 days
Where sessional care is offered these can be:
5 hours per day over 3 days
3 hours per day over 5 days
|A child born in the period||Will become eligible for a free place|
|1 April - 31 August||Start of the Autumn term following child's 2nd birthday|
|1 September - 31 December||Start of the Spring term following child's 2nd birthday|
|1 January - 31 March||Start of the Summer term following child's 2nd birthday|
* based on a three-term school year
Am I eligible for a free place?
Your 2 year olds can get free childcare if you live I England and get one of the following benefits:
2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:
If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits
- claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
If you are not in receipt of one of the above you will not be eligible to apply.
Please note that once you have created a Citizens Account you will need to add your 2 year old child in order to continue with your application.
If eligible you will be given a code, please take this code to your chosen provider.
If you have applied previously and require your funding letter or need help with your application, please call 0121 569 4914.
If you prefer you can contact the Family Information Service on 0121 569 4914 or via email email@example.com for a list of the childcare providers or an application pack.
How to make a complaint if you are not satisfied that your child/children has received their free place or with any aspect of the way you have received it.