Funded childcare places

Funding for 2 year olds

Check your child's eligibility

You can check if your child is eligible on Leicestershire’s Citizen Portal. You can also ask your childcare provider to help you check:

Apply

If you haven't used the portal before or for more than 12 months, you'll need to register. You will then be able to apply for funding for your 2-year-old:

Leicestershire Citizen's Portal

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:

  • 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

Non-EEA citizens 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’)

Child's birthday and applicable claim dates

If your child is eligible, you can start claiming  the term after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

Child’s birthday between: When you can claim:
1 January and 31 March From the 1 April following their 2nd birthday
1 April and 31 August From the 1 September following their 2nd birthday
1 September and 31 December From the 1 January following their 2nd birthday