Funded childcare for two year olds

What is two-year-old funding?

Early education from age two has long-lasting benefits for children, and helps to promote a child’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. However, the evidence shows that on average, disadvantaged families are less likely to make use of formal childcare provision than more advantaged families, and that is why government funding is available for two year old children of eligible families to access high quality early years education and childcare for up to 15 hours a week (570 hours over 38 weeks).

Below is a guide for families. The 2-year-old funding leaflet has been translated into Polish, Nepalese, Urdu, Punjabi, Romanian, Bengali, Arabic, Mandarin/Cantonese, Spanish and Portuguese and these translations can be found on the 2-year-old-funding page.

Am I eligible?

Your 2-year-old can get funded early education and childcare if you live in England and are in receipt of certain benefits and/or meet the other specified criteria. Please visit the 2-year-old-funding page for more information on the eligibility criteria or download this leaflet.

Where do I apply for the funding?

To check if your child qualifies and to apply for the funding, applications must be completed via the Citizen Portal. First time users will need to register for an account before completing a 2-year-old funding application.

Where can I use the funding?

At any Ofsted registered provider such as a nursery, pre-school, childminder that have an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

To find a local childcare provider, please visit the Family Information Service website or, you can contact the Family Information Service team directly on 0118 937 3777, option 2 and they will support you in your search for a provider.