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Funded education for 2 year olds

Are we eligible?

If the family claims any one of the following, the answer is yes:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Child Tax Credit and have an Annual income not over £16,190 (CTC)
  • Working Tax Credit and have an Annual income not over £16,190 (WTC)
  • 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)
  • Universal Credit and have a net annual household earnings below £15,400 (this means your take-home pay  from any paid employment, after Income Tax and NI contributions have been deducted)

Two year olds are also eligible if they:

  • Have a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) *
  • Attract Disability Living Allowance (DLA) *
  • They are looked after by their local authority
  • Have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order *

* Documentation will be required as proof where an application is made against these additional criteria. Copies of the documentation can be posted or emailed to our team.

Please note: If your circumstances change your funded place will not be taken away.

From September 2019, eligibility has been extended to three additional groups of children: 

  • Children of Zambrano Carers   
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private / family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 - 'The 1999 Act')

For more information, please contact eeac@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 01785 278201.

When will my child be eligible?

If your child is born between:

  • 1 January - 31 March, funded places can start in the summer term (from 1 April)
  • 1 April - 31 August, funded places can start in the autumn term (from 1 September)
  • 1 September - 31 December, funded places can start in the spring term (from 1 January)

How do I apply?

The quickest and easiest way is to apply online.

How to find childcare?

Funded places should be taken at a good or outstanding Ofsted rated setting to ensure the best care and learning opportunities for your child.

Find local childcare by visiting the Staffordshire Connects website and:

  • Adding your postcode/town
  • Click search
  • Click "For 2 year olds"

Further information 

For more information please see the FAQs page or contact us.

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