Children who turn two years old during the current school session may be entitled to 600 hours of early learning and childcare per school year. This usually means 16 hours a week during term time, throughout the school year.
Parents, carers or guardians of children who will be two years old at any point during the school session are eligible for the increased childcare provision if they meet the current criteria for free school meals. This includes two-year-olds who have a parent(s) or carer on:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credits, 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 £6,420*
Support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Universal Credit and your total household income is less than £610 per month
*The income thresholds for Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit can vary annually.
Additionally, free early learning and childcare is available for two-year-olds who are, or have been at any point since their second birthday:
This can be with one of our nursery classes or with a private or voluntary provider or childminder who is in partnership with us.
Different models of hours are offered by different providers and you should contact the head teacher/manager of your preferred provider to discuss how you wish to use these hours and what is available.
Nurseries and playgroups
Children up to the age of five can play and learn at nursery or playgroup. These could be voluntary, private or council run.
Unlike school, your child doesn't legally have to go to nursery or any kind of pre-school.
Nurseries are inspected and registered by the Care Inspectorate. Nurseries and playgroups with places for two year old are listed below.
Childminders look after children in their own home. They are self-employed so set their own charges and hours of business. They are inspected and registered by the Care Inspectorate.