Funded early education and childcare for two year olds

How does it work?

Some two year olds are entitled to 570 hours of funded early education and childcare per year.  This is usually known as 15 hours funding because children can have a maximum of 15 hours per week over the school year (38 weeks).  As the funding offer is fully flexible, you can access the 570 hours over any number of weeks, between 38 and 52 weeks. You could use less hours over more weeks if you wish to, or use the maximum 15 hours over term time weeks only. 

Did you know?

Two year old children eligible for the 15 hours offer, get to keep the funding right up to when they can claim three and  four year old year funding.

Important to know

If your child is eligible, the earliest they can get it is from the term after they turn two - term start dates are 1 September, 1 January and 1 April.  If your child is eligible for the  two year old funding they continue to be eligible until the term after their 3rd birthday – this is when they become eligible for the  three and four year old universal funding.

When to apply

We suggest that you apply during the term that your child turns two , so that they can start claiming the term after their birthday.

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

How to apply

Apply online using the Bromley eligibility checker. If you are eligible, you will be given a code.

Further information

For further information, please contact your childcare provider  or visit Childcare Choices.