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If you as a parent have experience of care, your 2 year old can also access funded early learning and childcare. If you think you qualify or want more information, contact your local council.
If you get certain benefits
Your 2 year old can also get funded early learning and childcare if you get one of these benefits:
Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Severe Disablement Allowance
State Pension Credit
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Support for Asylum Seekers)
If you receive tax credits or Universal Credit, then you can earn a certain amount of money and still be eligible. These income thresholds change annually.
From 1 April 2022, if you are on Child Tax Credit:
but not Working Tax Credit, then your earnings can be £17,005 or less
and Working Tax Credit, then your earnings can be £7,920 a year or less
If you are on Universal Credit, then your household take-home pay can be £660 a month or less.
"Take-home pay" is the money your household receives from work after tax, National Insurance and any pension contributions have been taken off. Your award letter will tell you how much your take-home pay is for the claim period. This should be £660 a month or less.
How to claim your funded early learning and childcare place
Visit your local council's website to find out how to claim your funded early learning and childcare place.