Free Early Education and Childcare for Two Year Olds
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following benefits:
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Or if any of the following apply:
they’re looked after by a local council
they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
they get Disability Living Allowance
they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
If you’re eligible the free early education and childcare:
must be with an approved childcare provider
starts from the term after your child’s 2nd birthday
You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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