Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare. If your child is eligible, then your family could receive up to 570 hours per year of free childcare and give your child a great start in life. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year.
Your child will learn lots of new skills: they’ll learn to speak and listen, play and explore, learn numbers and other activities.
They’ll make lots of new friends and you’ll have time to work, train or just have some time for yourself.
Once approved, your free early learning entitlement runs from the start of the term after your child's 2nd birthday until your child begins school, even if your family circumstances change.
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 Second Birthday||You can apply after||FEL Start Date|
|Summer Term 1 April-31 August||23 June||Autumn Term 1 September|
|Autumn Term 1 September -31 December||23 October||Spring Term 1 January|
|Spring Term 1 January-31 March||22 January||Summer Term 1 April|
To apply you will need:
You can apply for a maximum of 3 children on 1 application.
Guidance for childcare professionals is below.
It is important that you read this carefully.
If you apply on behalf of someone else, you must make them aware of these conditions.
By applying for 2 year Free Early Learning you declare that you agree to the following conditions and that all information provided as part of your application is correct to the best of your knowledge:
You can use the Citizen Portal to apply online and check your eligibility for 2 Year Old Funding. You will need access to a valid email address to register an account and to receive the results of the check.
The parent or guardian receives one or more of the following:
You can apply for free childcare if you (or the person you are applying on behalf of) meet the above financial criteria.
You can apply for free childcare if you receive DLA on behalf of your child.
Telephone us (select option 4).
Places are available at approved nurseries, pre-schools, schools and childminders.
Childcare providers on Sheffield Directory who offer free 2 year old places near you.
If your family receives tax credits and then takes up a funded childcare place, you must inform HMRC on 0345 3003900 (within 1 month) if your:
You must ensure that the parent is aware of and agrees to the Conditions Statement.
Each application must only refer to 1 benefit claim, for example:
Free Early Learning Downloads