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Are you eligible for funded early learning childcare for your two-year old?

From April 2024 15 hours of funding is available for 2 year olds whose parents are working.  To apply for this parents will need a code.  Please visit the governments website to apply: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

If you are on Universal credit or a low income you can apply below for 15 hours funded early learning a week at a day nursery, pre-school or with a childminder (term time equivalent). This supports your child with the early stages of their development and to gain confidence ready for when they start school.

By completing an assessment below you can quickly check whether your child is eligible for Funded Early Learning.  It takes only a few minutes and you'll get an answer straight away. 

Please make sure all details are entered correctly, including postcode in capital letters,  and surname and National Insurance number match benefit details.

If you are eligible you need to print or save the eligibility voucher to take to any Ofsted registered childcare provider who has a 'Good' or 'Outstanding' Ofsted grading and claim your funded hours. Even if your circumstances change, for example you may work more hours or earn more, this funding will continue until your child becomes eligible for the free early education for three and four year olds.

Please ensure that you use this voucher as soon as possible.  If you lose your evidence and your eligibility is re-checked then you may find you are no longer entitled. Please ensure you take the voucher letter to your early years provider, the confirmation email is not evidence enough.

Please note that both parents may need to check eligibility separately.

Children who receive Disability Living Allowance or who have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption are also entitled to two year old funding. Please complete the assessment and then ask for a referral.

For queries please email two.yearoldfunding@n-somerset.gov.uk

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