Free early education for two year olds

Young children aged two (or just turned three) may be eligible to have 15 hours of free early learning and childcare each week (for 38 weeks of the year) with a preschool, day nursery or childminder

Is my child entitled to a place?

The government are currently consulting on the eligibility for the free early years entitlements for two year olds under Universal Credit  and as a consequence, we cannot confirm any places for children (in families on Universal Credit) who turn two during the Spring 2018 term (and would therefore start their place in the Summer 2018 term). The outcome of the consultation may affect their eligibility to take up a place.

Your child is entitled to a place if you are:-

  • A family on benefits*
  • You have a household income of £16,190 or less
  • The child you are claiming for is looked after by the local authority or has previously been in care
  • The child you are claiming for has an Education, Health & Care plan
  • The child you are claiming for receives Disability Living Allowance

* Benefits include:-

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • State Pension Credit - guarantee element

If you want to speak to us about the funding you are welcome to attend a childcare advice drop in at your local Children and Family Centre. Please check the activity programme on the children and family centre pages for details.

How to apply 

Please complete the application form giving as much detail as possible. Do not apply for any children younger than 18 months old. Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Apply for free early education

Lost your yes letter or I am 2 certificate?

If you need a replacement do not make another application please request a replacement letter or certificate.

Request replacement

What happens next

If your child is eligible for a free place we will send confirmation with a date the funding will start.  If your child is not already with a childcare provider, now is a good time to start looking for a suitable preschool, day nursery or childminder.  Get more information and advice on childcare information about childcare available in your area.

Any Bromley childcare provider rated as Good or Outstanding, by OFSTED, can take children approved for a free two year old place. This means that not all our preschools, day nurseries and childminders are part of the scheme as they are not providing sufficiently good quality care and education.  You should check on our website or with the provider themselves if they are a Good or Outstanding childcare provider before you visit the setting.

When would my child's entitlement start?

If your childs birthday falls between He or she will be entitled from
1 January and 31 March Start of the Summer term (after Easter) 
1 April and 31 August   Start of the Autumn term (September)
1 September and 31 December        Start of the Spring term (January)

Also remember that all children are entitled to 3 and 4 year old funding from the term after their 3rd birthday for up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year. 

Further information

Please see what you need to know about free childcare for more information. 

Complaints procedure

We have a complaints procedure for anyone who is concerned that their child has, in some way, been unable to access their free entitlement.