New Cross & Deptford Families First 

Providing Quality Family Learning and Support


2 Year Entitlement

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration of Interest.

Free entitlement to early education for two-year-olds

From September 2014 more children will be entitled to access up to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year.  In addition to the September 2013 criteria, children are eligible if they meet one or more of the extended criteria.

September 2013 criteria

Child is eligible if parents/guardians are receiving one or more of the following benefits:

  • income support
  • income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • income-related employment and support    allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  •  the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • child tax credit, provided you are not also entitled to working tax credit, and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Children who are looked after by the local authority are also eligible.

Extended September 2014 criteria

Under the new criteria you are also eligible if:

  1. you get working tax credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year

  • your child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
  •  your child is receiving disability living allowance
  •  your child has been adopted
  •  the child has left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or residence order.

The 15 hours are delivered by providers across 14 weeks in the autumn term, 12 weeks in the spring term and 12 weeks in the summer term.

Eligible children qualify in the term following their second birthday in accordance with the following nationally-prescribed dates:

Second Birthday between 
 Eligible from
 1 April - 31 August
 Autumn term starting September
 1 September - 31 December
 Spring term starting in January
 1 January - 31 March
 Summer term starting in April

1)  Are all 2 year olds eligible?


 No. Parent/carer must apply to confirm that they meet one of the eligibility criteria.


2)    Can my child access more than the 15 hours per week?

 The local authority will only fund 15 hours per week, term time only. Any additional hours are chargeable to parent/carer at the provider’s published rate.


3)     Do I pay a deposit.?

Providers must not request a deposit if your child is only accessing the entitlement of 15 hours per week.


4)     Do all childcare providers offer the early years funding?

 No. Providers must register with the local authority to deliver the 2 Year Old Early Learning Entitlement.

5)     What if I have concerns about my chosen childcare provider?


If you have any issues or concerns you must raise these with the provider directly. If you cannot resolve matters and you think the regulatory body  Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) needs to be aware of the information, you can contact them by phone on 0300 123 4666 or in writing to [email protected] .  


6)     Are meals included?


Meals are not included in the delivery of the early years funding. Providers may charge separately for this or you must be given the option to provide your child with a packed lunch.

7)    What happens if I stop receiving benefit?


Your child continues to receive the 15 hours entitlement regardless of any change in your circumstances.


8)    Can my child go to a nursery in a different borough?


A decision on this cannot be made until further information is received from Central Government on the process of local authorities receiving funding for two-year-old children placed in out of borough nurseries.


9)    Do I need to let HM Revenues and Customs (Child Tax Credit) or Department for Work and  Pensions know if I am accessing the 2 Year Old Early Learning Entitlement?


If you are claiming the childcare element of working tax credit you should let the Child Tax Credit department know how much you are paying for any extra hours of childcare after the free entitlement hours have been deducted.

We now offer full time places.  Please contact the centre to register your interest by filling completing the form below or contact our centre directly on 0208 694 2571.

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