Free childcare for 2 year-olds

Apply for free childcare

The table below shows when you can claim the 15 hours for your child:

Born between Eligible from
1 January and 31 March Summer term, from April
1 April and 31 August Autumn term, from September
1 September and 31 December Spring term, from January

Simply login to My Account for education and childcare, select 'Free childcare for 2 year-olds' and then 'Apply online'. You can create an account if you don't already have one.

The application must be made using the account of the parent or carer who receives the entitlement benefit.

My Account - education and childcare

Evidence we may need

We may need to see some evidence after you've sent your application. The table below shows the evidence we may need to see:

Criteria Evidence needed
Any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • income-based Employee Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit and an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Working Tax Credits and annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year
No evidence needed
Child attracts Disability Living Allowance Recent award letter
Child has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order Copy of Court Order
Child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan We will contact you

Please take evidence to your local children's centre. Only original documents will be accepted.

You can get information on childcare options from our Family Information Service.