Talking 2's - 15 hours free childcare (2 year olds)

Your 2 year old can get a funded childcare place if you live in England and get one of these following benefits:

  • income support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • income-rated Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • universal credit and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax and not including benefit payments
  • tax credits and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of pension credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • you are looked after by a local authority
  • have a statement of special educational needs, or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • receive Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order.

You may have to pay for extra costs such as meals, nappies and trips.

Contact your childcare provider, Family Connect on 01952 385385 or visit the Live Well Telford website for a list of childcare providers.


If you're a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits

Your 2 year old may get a funded place if you receive support under the immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as 'part 6')
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as 'section 4').

Visit the GOV.UK website for information about the immigration and Asylum Act

A 2 year old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax and you have either:

  • leave to remain with 'no recourse to public funds' on family or private life grounds
  • the right to live in the UK because you're the main carer of a British citizen (known as a 'Zambrano Carer').

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about applying for a permit to join EU or EEA family member in the UK

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about leave to remain with 'no recourse to public funds' on family or private life grounds

Last updated: 03/03/2021 12:23

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