Two year old funding - Free early education for two year olds


What are the benefits of early education?

Children like to explore the world around them, play with other children and have fun. Enjoying good quality early education has been found to give children a great start in life, allowing children to try new and exciting activities, learn new skills while developing their speech and language.



As a family, you must be claiming one or more of the following benefits to be eligible for early education funding for two year olds -


  • income support
  • income based jobseekers allowance
  • income related employment and support allowance
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the guarantee element of state pension credit
  • tax credit providing you have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • the working tax credit 4 week run on
  • universal credit


Alternatively if your child -


  • is looked after by the local authority
  • has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order
  • is in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • has a current statement of special education needs or an education Health and Care Plan




If your two year old is eligible they can access 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year. The childcare can be taken over a minimum of two days and no session can be longer than ten hours a day or shorter than two and a half hours a day. No session can start before 7am or finish after 7pm. Funding can be split between a maximum of two providers and a child is eligible to start the term after their second birthday until the term after their third birthday.

For availability in our nurseries, please contact Panda and Marvell directly.





When to apply for two year old funding


Every child successful in accessing two year old funding will start receiving the funding the term after the child’s second birthday.


Applications need to be received before the start of term for places to be decided.





1 January – 31 March


1 April – 31 August


1 September – 31 December








How to apply


To apply for two year old funding please go onto the Hull City Council website (link below)


Apply for 2 Year Old Funding



Where to access early education?

Early education can only be accessed at high quality Ofsted registered childcare providers for details of your local providers please contact our Family Information Service (FIS) on 01482 318 318.


More information about early years education


Contact Family Information Service (FIS)

The Orchard Centre

210 Orchard Park Road




Tel: 01482 318 318 - available Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am-4.30pm

Text phone: 01482 300 349

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