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Your child can also get funded early learning and childcare if they have turned 2 and you get one of these benefits:
Income Support (IS)
Job Seeker's Allowance (income based)
any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and your income is £16,105 or less
Child tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your income is £7,320 or less
support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Universal Credit and your household take-home pay, is £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.
Funded early learning and childcare is also 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
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. Your local council might also provide funded hours to people who do not meet these criteria, check with them 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.