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Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds



​Early learning is good for children. Its fun, safe and can help with children's talking and listening skills.


Your child may be eligible for free childcare of up to 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks of the year (or an equivalent amount) from the term after their 2nd birthday.


2nd birthday between Becomes eligible from

1 April and 31 August Start of Autumn Term

1 September and 31 December Start of Spring Term

1 January and 31 March Start of Summer Term

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and 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:

If you think you are eligible then please apply at http://www.torbay.gov.uk/childcare2yo, and as soon as you have your code please book a visit. When we receive your code, completed registration form, and a copy of your childs birth certificate then we can reserve your space.

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