Two Year Old Funding Update

Free Childcare for 2 Year Olds

Your child may be eligible for free childcare of up to 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks of the year (or an equivalent amount) from the term after their 2nd birthday.

Who is eligible?

To receive the free entitlement for 2 year olds the child must be in a family who receive one of the following benefits:

Benefits that are currently eligible for free childcare for 2 year olds
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child tax credit 
  • Guaranteed element of pension credit
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit and have annual gross earnings of £16,190 or less
  • The child has a current statement of Special Educational Needs or an education, health and care plan
  • The child receives Disability Living Allowance
  • The child is looked after by the Local Authority or has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order

When will my child be eligible?

2nd birthday between
Becomes eligible from
1 April - 31 August
Start of Autumn Term
1 September - 31 December
Start of Spring Term
1 January - 31 March
Start of Summer Term

How can I apply for a place on this scheme?

Complete the Application form which can be downloaded HERE or apply online at:

If you need another application form they can be found:
·         At your local Children’s Centre
·         At your childcare provider

Where can my child receive this free entitlement?

There are many settings providing this service within Torbay. You can use any childcare setting registered with Ofsted to provide care for 2 year olds, this could be at a day nursery, a pre-school, or with a childminder.

All providers receiving funding through this scheme are registered with Torbay Council and are regularly inspected by Ofsted to ensure they meet the required standards of childcare. All providers will make the their latest Ofsted report available on request or you can view them at  .

For more information about childcare in your area visit Torbay Family Information Service  or call 0800 3285974.