Thousands of children across Norfolk have a right to funded early education from the age of two. If you receive qualifying benefits, your 2-year-old can access up to 570 hours of funded early education and childcare a year. This is usually taken as 15 hours a week over 38 weeks, from the claim period following their second birthday.
Before you start, please read all the instructions and guidance below.
Create a Norfolk Education Online (NEO) account. Please note, if you've ever applied for a school place for another child, you may already have a NEO account.
You shouldn't need to submit supporting evidence online. At the end of the eligibility check, your result will be displayed as 'Found'. You will receive a unique code which you can give to your childcare provider.
You might get a 'Not Found' result on your first eligibility check. Please do the check again, this time adding a supporting document to your application. This could be:
You may still get a 'Not Found' result after submitting a supporting document. You do not need to do anything else at this stage. We will check your supporting document and contact you with a unique code if you are eligible. If you are not eligible, we will contact you to let you know the results.
In Norfolk, over 500 childminders, day nurseries, playgroups, preschools and nursery schools offer funded early education. High quality early years provision provides a wide range of opportunities for your child to learn as they play.
You will need to give your childcare provider your unique code. Your child can then start their funded early education place.
Your child may be eligible for 2-year-old funded early education and childcare, if you are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits. Visit GOV.UK for further information.
Two-year-olds are also entitled to a place if they:
To complete an eligibility check, you need to sign up for a Norfolk Education Online (NEO) account. You will need to give the following details:
Please refer to our privacy notice regarding your online account.
Your child must be at least 21-months-old.
You can create your Norfolk Education Online (NEO) account at any time. However the best time to apply is:
The 15 hours of funded early education and childcare for 2-year-olds doesn’t normally cover:
If you need to pay an additional fee, you will need to arrange this with your provider.
If you have received a letter from us stating that you may be entitled to funded childcare, you will need to go to Norfolk Education Online to complete a check.
Once you are in receipt of funding for your child(ren), they will continue to be eligible until transferring to 3 and 4-year-old funding
More advice about childcare is also available on Childcare Choices website. Or you can ask your childcare provider if you already have childcare arrangements in place.