The Government has launched an interactive website, www.childcarechoices.gov.uk which shows the help that is available towards the cost of childcare including the forthcoming Tax Free Childcare and the extended 30 hours Free Entitlement.
Free Entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
Free Entitlement is provided by the Government. It allows some 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds access to free, good quality, flexible early education and care.
Research shows that attending good quality early education and care can improve a child’s learning and development. It also helps equip children with the skills needed for when they go to school, supporting them to do well in the longer term. Children can use up to 570 hours each year, or a maximum of 15 hours over 38 weeks.
Is my child eligible for Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds?
All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for funding the term after they become 3 years of age.
A child born on or between
1 April and 31 August
1 September and 31 December
1 January and 31 March
A child moving to England from another country is entitled to funded early years care and education on the same basis as any other child, regardless of whether they have British citizenship.
Is my child eligible for Free Entitlement for 2 year olds?
Forty percent of 2 year olds are eligible for Free Entitlement the term after they become 2 years of age. To qualify, the child must be of eligible age and the family in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit (and you have an annual gross household income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credits (and you have an annual gross household income of no more than £16,Or:
they are a Child Looked After (where WSCC acts as the corporate parent)
the child is adopted*
the child has a Special Guardianship Order*
the child has a Child Protection or Child in Need Plan
the child has special educational needs or a disability (SEND). These children are eligible if the child:
receives Disability Living Allowance* or
has a current Statement of SEN* or Education, Health and Care Plan(EHCP)* or
is known to the Early Years PARM
*You will need to provide evidence when you apply.
will become eligible for a free place from
1 September, following their third birthday
1 January, following their third birthday
1 April, following their third birthday
More Information on the Free Entitlement and how to apply for 2 year old funding can be found on the WSCC website.
Please select the downloadable Free Entitlement forms below