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