Free Childcare for 2 year olds -
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Free Child Care

Your child could be eligible to take up this free childcare place, make new friends and learn through play...
Is Your Child Eligible?
  • Your child can have a free 2 year old childcare place from the term after their 2nd birthday until the start of the term after their 3rd birthday.
A child born in the period... Will become eligible for a free place from...
1st April to 31st August the start of the Autumn school term (early September)
1st September to 31st December the start of the Spring school term (early January)
1st January to 31st March the start of the Summer school term (early Easter)

Eligibility Criteria

You must also be receiving one of the following benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance income related
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income below £16,190.
  • you get Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year
  • they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance in their own right
  • theyve left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order
In addition, all 2 year old children who are in the care of the Local Authority are eligible for a free childcare place.

Who Provides the Free Childcare Place?

Free childcare places for 2 year olds are provided by approved childminders, day nurseries and playgroups with some schools also offering places.

Places will normally be available for 15 hours per week during term-time. However, some childcare providers may offer alternative arrangements e.g. fewer hours per week, over more weeks per year.

The childcare providers that are approved by the Local Authority to offer the free 2 year old childcare places are listed on the Peoples' Information Network website under Childcare and include day nurseries, school-based provision and approximately 70 Childminders. You can apply a filter on the website to see all of those that offer the 2 year old funded places. Please note that you must complete an application form and your eligibility will be checked, before you are able to access a free 2 year old place.
Please visit PIN to see this list of approved free 2 year old childcare providers:

How to Apply?

You can either:
  • Call the FIS on free-phone 0800 073 8800 and they will complete the application over the telephone with you, check if you are eligible and carry out the childcare search.
Or If you are eligible, the FIS will be in touch and will send you details of those providers who have a free two year old childcare place available to meet your needs. You will also receive a confirmation letter that you must take with you to your chosen childcare provider to register your child. This must be done before your child starts.

Please note that your application will not be processed until approx four weeks prior to the start of the eligible term (the term after your child turns 2 years old).

For more information and advice about the free 2 year old childcare places please contact:

Families Information Service
Redcar & Cleveland House
2nd Floor
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT

FIS Freephone: 0800 073 8800

Families' Information Service

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You can find out more information on our Early Years Providers page.

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