Apply for funded childcare for 2-year-olds
Funded childcare is available for eligible 2-year-olds within Buckinghamshire. You may be able to receive up to 15 hours a week during the school term.
If your child will be going to a nursery, preschool, or childminder outside of Buckinghamshire, you will need to contact that local council for funding.
Your 2-year-old can get funded early education and childcare if you plan to send your child to a nursery, preschool, or childminder in Buckinghamshire, and you get one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
- tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:
- are looked after by a local authority
- have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- get Disability Living Allowance
- have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order
If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:
- claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
- been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)
A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:
- leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds
- the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)
You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.
When to apply
The date you can start a funded place depends on your child's birthday. If your child is eligible, they can take up a place. This will be at the start of the term following their second birthday.
When you can start early education funding
1 January to 31 March
The beginning of Summer term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August
The beginning of Autumn term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December
The beginning of Spring term on or after 1 January
Lost reference code
If you have already applied but have lost your 6 digit reference code, please email email@example.com.
Find childcare providers
If you are eligible, you will be sent a confirmation letter. You can take this to any of the approved childcare providers.
Help to find a childcare place
The Early Years Brokerage Service provides help to families who are unable to find a 2-year-old funded place. We will discuss your needs and provide advice and information on the availability of places in your area.
Apply for help from the Brokerage Service.