Together for 2s

How does it work?

What is two-year-old funding? Some two-year-olds are eligible for 570 hours of funded early education and childcare per year. Some children can receive a maximum of 15 hours per week throughout the school year, which spans 38 weeks. However, you have the flexibility to distribute the 570 hours over any number of weeks, ranging from 38 to 52 weeks. Whether you prefer fewer hours spread over more weeks or the maximum 15 hours during term time weeks only, the choice is yours.

Apply for two-year-old funding

Are you eligible?

Are you wondering if your child is eligible for funded early education and childcare? Discover the answer by exploring the eligibility criteria, Economic grounds, No recourse to public funds, DLA, CLA, EHCP Criteria can be explained on the government website. What's even better is that children who qualify for the two-year-old funding can continue to benefit from it until they are eligible for the 3 and 4 year-old funding. Remember, your child doesn't have to use the full 15 hours - feel free to utilize as many or as few hours as you wish.

When to apply

When your child turns 2 When to apply for 15 hours When your child can start using 15 hours
Between 1 January and 31 March Between 1 January and 31 March 1 April - start of summer term
Between 1 April and 31 August Between 1 April and 31 August 1 September - start of autumn term
Between 1 September and 31 December Between 1 September and 31 December 1 January - start of spring term

Important to know

To ensure you make the most of this opportunity, here are some essential details you should know:

  • Eligible children can claim the funding the term after they turn 2.
  • Term start dates are 1 September, 1 January, and 1 April.
  • We recommend applying during the term when your child turns 2, allowing them to start claiming the funding from the term following their birthday.

How to apply

Applying for two-year-old funding is a straightforward process. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Apply online using the Bromley eligibility checker: Access our convenient online eligibility checker through which you can apply.
  2. Once completed, you'll receive a unique code that you can provide to your chosen provider.

Apply for two-year-old funding