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Free early education for 2 year olds

Find out if you are entitled to free early education for your 2 year old child.

Published on: 7 January 2021

Last updated: 15 January 2021

If your family is living on a low income or is claiming income based benefits, and your 2 year old has additional needs, or has left care, you may be entitled to free early education.

You may be entitled to claim up to 15 hours per week of free early education during term time, or up to 11 hours per week throughout the year.

Children will be given the opportunity to experience high quality early years education with the support of a trained, high quality registered childminder, nursery or pre-school.

The aim of the programme is to enable your child to receive high quality early education that will help them to be ready for school.