2 year old Funded Early Education
Funded Childcare places for 2 years olds, Warrington Borough Council is able to fund a limited number of children to attend nursery for 15 hours per week, term time only.
What is it?
The two year old free entitlement is an initiative by the government. It means that free nursery places are available to a limited number of two year old children from the first day of the new term following their second birthday.
When is my child entitled to a free place?
If your child's birthday falls between 1st January – 31st March, he/she will become entitled to a free place on the 1st April.
If your child’s birthday falls between 1st April – 31st August, he/she will become entitled to a free place on the 1st September.
If your child’s birthday falls between 1st September – 31st December he/she will become entitled to a free place on the 1st January.
The child would receive up to 15 hours free early years education per week at a private nursery, pre-school, maintained nursery school class or accredited childminder in Warrington. The provider must be registered with Warrington Borough Council.
Who can get a place?
Children may be eligible for 15 free hours per week of early year’s education from the term after their second birthday. Not every child is entitled to receive a free place. You will need to meet one or more of the following criteria for your child to be eligible for a free place.
• Income support/Income based jobseekers allowance
• Income related employment and support allowance
• The guaranteed element of state pension credit, Child tax credit or working tax credit and have an annual gross income below £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs).
• Families in receipt of working tax credit must submit a copy of their current TC602 form received from HM Inspector of Taxes dated within the last 12 months, Working tax credit "run-on" the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for working tax credit
• If the two year old has a current statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan
• If the two year old attracts disability living allowance (families must submit copy of their current award letter received from Department of Work and Pensions dated within the last 12 months)
• If the two year old is looked after by their local authority
• If the two year old has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This is assessed by checking through a Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majesty's Revenues and Customs checking system.
Warrington has no influence over the outcome of this checking process.
Children are also eligible if they or their family are receiving support or services from children's targeted services social work teams, A professional who is working with a family can also nominate a child who requires additional support with their development in areas including speech and language, behavioural emotional issues, development delay or physical development.
The two year funding offer covers Up to 15 hours per week free early years education up to a maximum entitlement of 570 hours over a year, at a provision registered to deliver two year funding with Warrington Borough Council.
To apply If you think you meet any of the above criteria, please contact the Families Information Service on 01925 443322.
On the website www.mylifewarrington.co.uk.
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