Free Education and Childcare for 2-year-olds

  • Gov Leglislation
  • Author:UK Government
  • Published:November 2021
  • Country: United Kingdom

Free Education and Childcare for 2-year-olds

Your 2-year-old can get free 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 and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after-tax, not including benefit payments
  • child tax credits and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • 2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

    • Are looked after by a local authority
    • Have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
    • Get Disability Living Allowance
    • Have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

    You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

    Contact your childcare provider or local council to find out more.

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

    2 year old Childcare Education education health and care plan EHCP Foster Care Free