Funded Early Education and childcare

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The government funds early education and childcare hours for pre-school children before they take up a school reception place.

Two Year Olds

Terrific Twos

 

15 hours funded early education and childcare over 38 weeks which is 570 hours per year

Children are eligible if their parents are in receipt of income support benefits.

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both), and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Or if a child:

  • is looked after by the local authority
  • has an Education, Health and Care plan
  • receives Disability Living Allowance
  • has left care - a child who has left care under adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangement order

Or if the family have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and the families annual household income is no higher £26,500 for families with one child or £30,600 for families with two or more children.

Both parents must have NRPF and cannot have more than £16,000 in savings or investments.

Use the online eligibility checker to find out if your child is eligible

If you need help, please complete this simple online form and our Access and Takeup team will be in touch.


Working Families Two Year Olds Funded Early education and Childcare 

15 hours funded early education and childcare over 38 weeks which is 570 hours per year (from April 2024)

Children are eligible if their parents are working. Full details on the income eligibility is available on the .GOV Childcare website

To access the working families funded hours parents must make an application via HMRC. To receive an 11 digit eligibility code, complete this form on the .GOV website

Parents must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts to enable their childcare provider to claim the funding from Bradford Council.

Parents must renew the eligibility code approximately every three months via HMRC. Reminders will be sent by HMRC.


When to apply and when the hours start

Child's Birthday

When can the hours start

Recommended time to apply for an eligibility code

1 September to 31 December

On or after 1 January

15 October to 30 November

1 January to 31 March

On or after 1 April

15 January to 28 February

1 April to 31 August

On or after 1 September

15 June to 31 July

Three and Four Year Olds

All children aged three to four are entitled to 15 hours funded early education and childcare over 38 weeks which is 570 hours per year. It doesn't matter how much their parents earn or how many hours they work.

Children can access a place the start of the term after their 3rd birthday. You don't need to apply for funding, just find a childcare provider and they will support you to access your child's place.

Working Families Three and Four Year Old Funded Early Education and Childcare

30 hours of funded early education and childcare over 38 weeks which is 1140 hours per year.

Children are eligible if their parents are working. Full details on the income eligibility is available on the .GOV Childcare website

Parents must renew the eligibility code approximately every three months via HMRC. Reminders will be sent by HMRC.

To access the working families funded hours parents must make an application via HMRC. To receive an 11 digit eligibility code, complete this form on the .GOV website

Parents must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts to enable their childcare provider to claim the funding from Bradford Council.

Parents must renew the eligibility code approximately every three months via HMRC. Reminders will be sent by HMRC.

Coming soon

From the 1st September 2024 children aged 9 months of working families may be eligible for 15 hours funded early education and childcare over 38 weeks which is 570 hours per year.

Sign up to Childcare Choices to keep up to date

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