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Free childcare for some two-year-olds

November 10, 2020 9:11 PM

If you're a child who will be two years old on or before the 31 December 2020, then your parents may be able to apply for 15 hours free childcare.

The funding is for up to 15 hours childcare a week (38 weeks a year), and can be used at nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. It may also be possible to stretch the free hours over 50 weeks of the year. Parents do not have to take up the full 15 hours straightaway, they can just claim for a couple of sessions a week.

You may be eligible for funding if:

  • You get Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments.
  • You claim tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • You claim DLA for your two-year-old or have an eligible aged child with an EHCP
  • You foster a two-year-old
  • Your two-year-old was adopted from local authority care or they have left care under a special guardianship order or child arrangements order

Parents can visit the Wiltshire Council website for more details of who is eligible for funding and can apply online at Wiltshire.gov.uk, (search for Early Years and Childcare), or can pick up a form from a health visitor or children's centre.

To find eligible childcare providers, use the online childcare directory. (You will need to select 'two-year-old funding' at the bottom of the search page).