Early learning and childcare for two-year-olds

Funded early learning and childcare is available to eligible parents and carers of two-year-olds.

Who can apply?

You can get up to 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare if your child has turned two and you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based)
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and your total household income is less than £16,105*
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your total household income is under £7320*
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your total household take-home pay** is less than £610* per month

* Income thresholds for Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit can vary from year to year.

** "Take-home pay" is the money your household receives from work after tax, National Insurance and pension contributions have been taken off. Your award letter will tell you how much your take-home pay is for the claim period. This should be £610 or less.

Funded places are also available for two-year-olds who are, or have been at any point since their second birthday:

  • looked after by a local council
  • under a kinship care order
  • under a guardianship order
  • the child of a care experienced parent/carer*

* “Care experienced” relates to parents/carers who have been looked after or looked after and accommodated by the local authority at any stage in their life, no matter how short.  This care may have been provided in one of many different settings or through being looked after at home.

Settings that offer places for two-year-olds


Abbey Playgroup

Friockheim And Kinnell Playgroup

Hayshead Playgroup

Inverbrothock Playgroup

Ladybird Playgroup

Muirfield Playgroup

Rosemount Little Rascals

Ladyloan Primary School

Sharon Birkett (childminder)

Caroline Cathro (childminder)

Susan Crompton (childminder)

Amy Falconer (childminder)

Linda Marr (childminder)

Louise McFarlane (childminder)

Joanne McKenzie (childminder)

McKirday Childminding (childminder)

Shaunagh Milne (childminder)

Sharon Reid (childminder)

Gemma Shepherd (childminder)


Edzell Playgroup

Playspaces Private Nursery

Smallworld Nursery


Panmure Preschool

Scallywags Nursery

ELCC Carnoustie

Karen Craigie (childminder)

Doreen Hally  (childminder)

Little Raes of Sunshine (childminder)

Jennifer Mann (childminder)


Chimes Playgroup

Jack and Jill’s Elite Nursery

Lemon Tree Nursery

Letham Playgroup

Mothergoose Playgroup

Stepping Stones Playgroup

The Wendyhouse

Diann Baxter (childminder)

Susan Cox (childminder)

Alyson Gale (childminder)

Keli Tots (childminder)

Donna McEwing (childminder)

Shirley Ogg (childminder)

Margaret Reid (childminder)

Nicola Reid (childminder)

Laura Simpson (childminder)

Leanne Urquhart (childminder)



Maz’s Childcare (childminder)

Mary Jane McIntosh (childminder)


Little Beehive Nursery

Ferryden Playgroup

Lochside Playgroup

Rompers Private Nursery


Eassie Early Years

Sunshine Playschool

Southmuir Primary School

The Wendyhouse

Little Cherubs (childminder)

If your child is 30 months old and you meet the above criteria places may also be available at:


Condor Playgroup

Helping Hands Nursery


Charleston Playgroup


Grange Playgroup

How to apply

Applications for two-year-olds should be completed no earlier than three months before your child's second birthday.

You will need:

  • details from your child's full birth certificate or passport
  • proof of eligibility for a funded early learning and childcare place
  • contact information for one or more emergency contacts
  • contact details of professionals involved with your child (such as GP, health visitor, speech therapist)

From 1 April, when applying for a funded early learning and childcare place you will be asked to upload copies of the following documents.  Where appropriate, the proof of eligibility document should be dated within the past three months, include a full, current postal address and all pages of the benefit:

  • your child’s full birth certificate or passport 


  • proof of eligibility for a funded place *

* the only two reasons when proof is not required is Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and the child of a care experienced parent/carer

Apply for funded early learning and childcare