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Funded early learning and childcare is available if your child is 2 or over and is or, since they turned 2, has been:
looked after by a local council
the subject of a kinship care order
the subject of a guardianship order
Your child can also get funded early learning and childcare if they have turned 2 and you get one of these benefits:
Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
State Pension Credit
support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
If you receive tax credits or universal credit, then you can earn a certain amount of money and still be eligible.
If you are on Child Tax Credit:
but not Working Tax Credit, then your earnings can be £16,105 or less
and Working Tax Credit, then your earnings can be £7,320 a year or less
If you are on Universal Credit, then your household take-home pay can be £610 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 £610 or less.
Changes to eligibility
When the statutory duty for expansion comes into force, funded early learning and childcare will also be available to 2 year olds who have a care experienced parent.
We're working with local councils to put this in place. If you think you qualify or want more information contact your local council. They can tell you what they offer 2 year olds in your area.
Once your child qualifies for early learning and childcare, they'll stay qualified. Even if you get a job, or their situation with a parent or carer changes. Local councils may offer funded early learning and childcare to people who do not meet this criteria. Check with your local council to find out what happens in your area.
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.