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Early Education for 2 Year Olds

What does it do?
The government funds up to 570 hours of free childcare per year for eligible 2 year olds. This works out as 15 hours a week if your child takes up the childcare during term time, or you could take fewer hours over more weeks in the year.

Who is it for?
Parents/carers who have a child who has special educational needs and disabilities and has a statement or an education, health care plan or claims Disability Living Allowance. You can also access early education for two year old if you receive: •    Income support • Job seekers allowance •    Child tax credit and have a household income of less than £16,190 •    Working tax credit and have a household income of less than £16,190 • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 •    The “Guarantee” element of State Pension Credit •    If you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax) Free early education is also available if your child: •    Is eligible for free school meals •    Is Looked After •    Has left care through special guardianship, adoption or residence order.

The government has decided to extend eligibility to the most disadvantaged children. The groups of children are:

  • children of Zambrano Carers
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private or family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 - 'the 1999 Act')

How do I access it?
If your circumstances meet any of the eligibility criteria above, you can use our online Childcare and Early Education Finder.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.