Free early education for 2 year olds

Your child may be able to access up to 15 hours per week of free early education over a minimum of 38 weeks, and up to a maximum of 570 hours within a year.

The free early education and childcare can be at a setting that receives funding and is signed up to Oldham’s Directory of Approved Providers. This includes:

  • nursery classes in schools and academies
  • day nurseries
  • playgroups and pre-school
  • childminders

Eligibility

Your child becomes eligible for a free place in the term after their second birthday.

Child’s birthday

When you can claim

1 January to 31 March

the beginning of term on or after 1 April

1 April to 31 August

the beginning of term on or after 1 September

1 September to 31 December

the beginning of term on or after 1 January

To be eligible your child must meet the age requirement and you must be receiving one of the following: 

  • Income-based & Contribution-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis.
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (IRESA).
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which does not exceed £16,190 (FSM only).
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Working Tax Credit (eligible for 2 year old funding only) and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which does not exceed £16,190.  
  • Disability Living Allowance (eligible for 2 year old funding but only if the child is the recipient).
  • Universal Credit
Children are also entitled to a place if:
  • They are looked after by a local council
  • They have a current statement of special education needs(SEN) or an education health and care plan
  • They get Disability Living Allowance
  • They have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order



Advice and support

Contact your local centre for advice about the free early education entitlement.

Children's centres

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