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Free Childcare for 2 Year Olds

The Early Learning Programme (ELP) for 2 Year Olds is a Government initiative that provides free childcare places for eligible 2 year olds.  Eligible children will be entitled up to 15 hours per week of free early education for a total of 38 weeks. Free places are available in participating childcare providers across the city.

Are you Eligible?

By clicking on the link underneath you can quickly check whether your child is eligible for a free place.  It takes only a few minutes and you'll get an answer straight away.  If eligible you will be able to download a confirmation letter which you can take to participating Childcare providers to claim a free place for your child.

Click here to see if you are Eligible

Eligibility Criteria

The child must live in the Nottingham City Council Area.

If you are a Nottinghamshire County Council resident please Click Here


To be entitled to a funded 2 year old place, the parent/carer must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits or qualifying criteria:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax.

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • Child is looked after by the Local Authority (e.g. foster care)
  • The child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • The child attracts Disability Living Allowance
  • The child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order

Your child will be entitled to a free place from the school term after their 2nd birthday.

If your child's 2nd birthday falls between

They will be entitled to their free place from

1st April to 31st August

 1st September

1st September to 31st December

 1st January

1st January to 31st March

 1st April

- if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax

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