Nursery places for two year olds

Early learning and childcare for eligible twos

Some two year olds can get up to 600 hours of early learning and childcare in council-run nurseries during the school year. These are called eligible twos.


You may qualify if you get one or more of these benefits

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-based Employment Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credits, but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is £16,105 or less
  • Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credit with an annual household income of £7,320 or less
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • Universal Credit where take home pay is £610 per month or less

or if your child is

  • looked after by a local authority
  • under a kinship care order
  • living with a parent-appointed guardian.

Starting nursery

When your child starts their funded nursery place depends on their date of birth.

If between

  • Autumn term: August – December 2019, children born between 1 March 2017 and 31 August 2017 
  • Spring term: January – March 2020, children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 December 2017 
  • Summer term: April- June 2020, children born between 1 January 2018 and 29 February 2018.


Download the application form (PDF) and take it to your first choice nursery to apply.

Find where we offer places for eligible 2s


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