Early Education Funding (EEF) for Two Year Olds

15 hours free childcare and early education for two year olds.

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Who is eligible

To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit and earning less than £16,190 a year
  • Universal Credit

You will also be eligible if your child:

  • Has a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • Receives Disability Living Allowance
  • Has left care through special guardianship, an adoption or residence order

Your child will also need to be registered with your local Children's Centre.

When to apply

Children are eligible from the term after their second birthday. The term dates are the same every year and are set by the Government.

Eligibility by birth date
Second birthday between Eligible from Submit application
1 April - 31 August Autumn term starting in September After 31 March
1 September - 31 December Spring term starting in January After 31 August
1 January - 31 March Summer term starting in April After 31 December

Updated: 18 May 2017