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Free Nursery Places

Fundng for 2 year old children


Some 2-year-olds in England can also get free early education.    You must be getting one of the following:


  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)


Children looked after by a local council are also entitled to a place.


If your child’s eligible, you’ll be able to start claiming from any of these dates after they turn 2:

  • 1 September

  • 1 January

  • 1 April


New rules from September 2014

From September 2014 more 2-year-olds in England will be eligible for free early education.


As well as the current rules, a child will then also be eligible if any of the following apply:


  • you get Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year

  • they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan

  • they get Disability Living Allowance

  • they’ve left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order



Sunflowers offers Parents the option to stretch their free funded hours over the full academic year and not restrict them to Term Time Only.


These hours can also be split between 2 providers


If you would like to discuss your free entitlement please contact Sue directly and I will be happy to discuss in more detail with you.

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