background image background image

Funding for 2 year olds

Many families with 2 year olds are unaware they are eligible for free early years education. To qualify for the funding you must receive one of the following:

• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you receive when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
• Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit/Universal Credit and have a household income of £16,190 a year or less

Children are also entitled to a place if:

• They’re looked after by a local council
• They have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
• They get Disability Living Allowance
• They have at some point been in care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If your child is eligible you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is:

Child’s birthday

When you can claim

1st January – 31st March

The beginning of term on or after 1st April (usually after Easter)

1st April – 31st August

The beginning of term on or after 1st September

1st September – 31st December

The beginning of term on or after 1st January

For term-time children at LEYF nurseries our term dates closely follow local schools. For children attending all year round, our stretch terms cover roughly one third of the year each.

Your nursery cannot issue this funding, it must be applied for through your local authority. See below for a list of each LEYF nursery's local authority.

Abbots Manor, Angel, Bessborough, Carlton Hill, Holcroft, House of Commons, Katharine Bruce, Lisson Green, Marsham Street, Micky Star, Queens Park, Queensborough, Soho, Tresham Crescent, Warwick


Bird in Bush, Burgess Park, Gumboots, South Bermondsey


Brixton, Henry Fawcett, Stockwell Gardens, The Weir Link


Colville, Earl's Court

Kensington & Chelsea

The Conservatoire


Eastbury, Ford Road, Furze, Leys, Marks Gate

Barking & Dagenham

Fire Station, Pembury




Noah’s Ark

Tower Hamlets 

New Cross, Playhouse



Hammersmith & Fulham

More on fees and funding