2 Year Old places


2 Year Old Places

We have a limited number of free early education places for 2 year olds in our 2 – 3s room. Good early years education from a young age can help to boost child development and that is why we are offering families a chance to get a head start for their children.

Eligible children will be entitled to up to 570 hours of early education usually spread over 48 weeks (12 hours a week). Parents can pay for additional hours, at our normal rates. If you work, you may be eligible to claim the ‘childcare’ element of Working Tax Credit, or your employer may provide a Childcare Voucher scheme to help you with the cost of your childcare fees.

Check your eligibility here.

Download an Expression of Interest form here

All families accessing a 2 year old place will be expected to attend settling in sessions on the lead up to their provision starting.

Eligible children will be able to attend the term after he/she is two, up until the end of the term that he/she reaches three. At this point, children will be eligible for a free nursery education place. More information about 2 year old places can be found on the Families Information Service website.

What are the eligibility criteria for families?

In our area there are more eligible children than places, which means that we allocate places to children from categories A and B in the first instance, and then to children in Category C. Priority is given to children living in our reach area.

Category A (eligible for free school meals):

To qualify for a place you must evidence that you are in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and the annual gross household income does not exceed £16,190, as assessed by HMRC, & the family is not in receipt of Working Tax Credits

Category B (Looked after child):

  • Children in the care of the local authority

Category C (Working Tax Credit):

To qualify for a place you must evidence that you are in receipt of the following:

  • Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190

Children with a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan or who are accessing disability living allowance may also be eligible.