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2 Year Old Early Education and Childcare Places

FREE Early Education and Childcare Places for Eligible 2 Year Olds

Two year old early education places are a new government initiative allowing eligible two year olds (subject to meeting criteria set by the Government) to access 15 hours per week early education over a minimum of 38 weeks per year.

Eligible children can access their entitlement through a variety of childcare providers including; Day Nurseries, Childminders and Pre-Shool Playgroups.

Eligibility Criteria (September 2013)

Children eligible to access a 2 year old early education and childcare place must meet the following criteria:

  • the child comes within the earnings and benefits criteria used to determine eligibility for Free School Meals. Free School Meals Criteria as at September 2013 are:

Parent / main carer must be in receipt of any one or more of the following:

    • Income support;
    • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance;
    • Income related employment and support allowance;
    • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
    • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
    • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income not exceeding £16,090 (as of April 2012), as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (the Working Tax Credit four-week run-on – i.e. the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Or, the child is looked after by the local authority

In addition eligibility is based on the date of birth of the child as shown in the table below:


Children who have met the eligibility criteria can continue to receive a place once they have taken it up even if there is a change in circumstances and until the child qualifies for their 3 and 4 year old early education and childcare place.


How do I apply?

  • Follow this link to the Doncaster Council Website Online Application
  • Print off the Application Form from the top right of this page
  • Ask your local Children's Centre for a leaflet which includes an application form that you can fill in and send to us by post
  • Speak to Doncaster Council's Families Information Service on Freephone 0800 138 4568


Related Information

Follow this link for 3 and 4 Year Old Funding



Last Updated: 25/03/2014

Links and Information

2FREE early education and childcare places for eligible 2 year olds - Leaflet and Application Form


2FREE early education and childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds - factsheet


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