The Early Years Provider Portal can be used to check eligibility and validate or re-validate codes.
Your two-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:
two-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:
You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.
For non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits
Your two-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:
A two-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have any of the following:
For any three and four year olds taking up their free early education meeting at least one of the following criteria will attract EYPP funding:
You may also get early years pupil premium if your child is currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales or if your child has left care in England or Wales through:
All children aged three and four in England are eligible for 15 hrs of free early education entitlement (FEEE), those whose parent(s)/carer(s) meet the following criteria may be eligible for an additional 15hrs:
This earnings limit does not apply if individuals are self-employed and have started their business less than 12 months ago.
In December 2017, government announced plans to extend eligibility for 30 hours childcare to children in foster care where the foster parents meet certain eligibility criteria, giving foster families the same support as other families where it is right for the child. See below for the operational guidance and application form.