2 year old Funding

The nursery are pleased to accept children who have been offered 2 year old funding. Research has shown that the experiences a child has in the first few years of life play a crucial part in determining future outcomes. Please see our table below on how the nursery have supported children in receipt of 2-year-old funding.

Your 2-year-old may get funded early education and childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

·         Income Support

·         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 less than £15,400 a year after tax

·         tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 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)

A child may also get  funded early education and childcare 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


3 and 4 Year old Funding


All 3 & 4-year-old children are entitled to 15 hours per week of government funded childcare from the term after their 3rd birthday.  


If your child turns 3 between:

·         1st April and 31st Aug you will receive the funding in September

·         1st September and 31st December you will receive the funding in January

·         1st January and 31st March you will receive the funding in April


The nursery has 3 intakes a year: September, January and after Easter, in-line with the above.


If you are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours funded early education per week.

You’re usually eligible if all of the following apply:

Your child:

·         is under 12, or 17 if they’re registered as having a disability

·         usually, lives with you


You (and your partner, if you have one):

·         are 16 or over

·         live or work in the UK

·         are employed or self-employed

·         are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 a week, unless in your first year of self-employment. Different rates apply if you’re under 21 or an apprentice

·         earn less than £100,000 a year each

·         don’t get other support with your childcare, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme


You may also be eligible if you have a partner and one of you gets any of the following benefits:

·         Carers Allowance

·         Employment and Support Allowance

·         Incapacity Benefit

·         Severe Disablement Benefit


The eligibility criteria are the same as the ones for Tax-Free Childcare, except you can continue to get these types of support at the same time as 30 hours free childcare:

·         tax credits

·         universal Credit

·         childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice schemes

·         childcare grants and bursaries


When you apply, you’ll be confirming that you need childcare so that you and your partner, if you have one, can work.

You can check your eligibility on the website below.


Please be aware it will be your responsibility to check whether you are entitled to the 30 hours and to recheck eligibility every 3 months.

Please note the nursery accepts 3 & 4-year-old funding (15 hours and 30 hours), Tax-Free Childcare and Childcare Vouchers.

Please see the  website for further information.


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