Childcare funding for two-year-olds

Funded* nursery / childcare places are available for children aged two for 15 hours a week, 38 weeks of the year (term-time), from the term after their second birthday.

This scheme started off supporting parents on a low household income from work or benefits, but is now being extended from April 2024 so that working parents can also receive 15 hours of childcare funding.

The two schemes have different eligibility criteria** and different rules.

Please click the tile that applies to you to find out more about it, check your eligibility and make an application.

* Funded means paid for by the government

** Eligibility criteria means the list of requirements that must be met for you to be able to apply for and receive the funding.