Free Early Education and Childcare for 2-year-olds

Wigan Council



15 hours free early years provision for the 2 year old children who meet the criteria


Available In
  • Wigan
Available to Age Groups
  • No Restriction
What we can help with
  • Information on government/council support schemes
  • Help & training to improve my work opportunities
Available to these Groups
  • Young Families

Additional Information

Free Early Education and Childcare for 2-year-olds

Did you know that some children who are aged two years of age can access 15 hours of free early education and childcare?

Currently the criteria for 2-year-olds in England to get free early education and childcare is the following:

  • All two year olds who are looked after by the Local Authority (LA)
  • The parent must meet at least one of the National Criteria:
  • Income Support and/or
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) and/or
  • Child Tax Credit Working Tax Credit (or Both), and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 and/or
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and/or
  • The Guarantee' element of State Pension Credit and/or
  • Universal Credit and the household net earned annual income is equivalent to and not more than £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.
  • Or the child must:
  • Be a looked after child/in foster care
  • Have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • Be eligible for Disability Living Allowance
  • If the child has left care in England and Wales through special guardianship, child arrangements order or through an adoption order.

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