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Funded early education and childcare for 2-year-olds

Eligible families are entitled to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year.

Early education and childcare will offer your child an opportunity to learn through play and new experiences, alongside other children. These learning experiences will enable your child to build on what they already know and do with you at home. 

  • You do not have to use all of the 15 funded hours each week
  • Some early education and childcare providers are able to spread the funded hours across the year
  • Not all providers are able to offer 15 funded hours
  • You can choose to take your funded hours between more than one provider

To receive the funded entitlement you must complete the following steps:

1. Check if you are eligible

2. Find a childcare provider

3. Your childcare provider will complete the parent/carer claim form with you

If you need help with the application and claim process, or need help to find a childcare provider, speak to your local Children's Centre staff, contact Family Information or speak to an early education and childcare provider.

Further information on funded childcare can be found on the Childcare Choices website

Your child may be eligible for funded early education and childcare if you are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits. Visit GOV.UK for further information.

A child may also be eligible, if they:

  • Are looked after by us (the local authority)
  • Have left care through special guardianship, or through an adoption or residence order
  • Are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan 

Important: The above is a guide. You will need to check your eligibility or contact us so we can check and explain what evidence you need to provide. If you are eligible, we will issue you with a reference number to include on your claim form. Your eligibility reference is only valid for three calendar months. After this time, if you have not used your code you will need to re-check your eligibility.

If you need help or further information visit Childcare Choices website or contact us.


Complete our online eligibility checker.

Text message

Start your text with ‘Take 2’. Include the following information and send the message to 84433

  • Your National Insurance number, or National Asylum Support Service (NASS) number
  • Your date of birth
  • First three letters of your surname       
  • If text messages are not included in your call package, the text will cost 10p


Alternatively you can send the same details to:

We will then carry out an eligibility check for you. If you are eligible we will give you a reference number.

Childcare providers must be Ofsted registered and have preferably achieved a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement. Approved childcare providers include:

You, or the person helping you, will need to contact the provider directly to find out if a place is available and to agree your childcare. Your chosen provider may operate a waiting list, so it is essential that you contact them in good time to discuss your requirements.

Find a childcare provider offering funded places for 2-year-olds

If you are having problems finding a place visit problems finding childcare for help.

If you have received a letter from us stating that you may be entitled to funded childcare, you will need to complete our online eligibility checker.

If you need help finding childcare or need further assistance you can contact your local Children's Centre, visit the Norfolk Community Directory for a list of all providers in your area or contact the Family Information Service.

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.

  • If your child will be two-years-old between 1 April and 31 August, they will be eligible for two-year-old funding from 1 September
  • If your child will be two-years-old between 1 September and 31 December, they will be eligible for two-year-old funding from 1 January
  • If your child will be two-years-old between 1 January and 31 March, they will be eligible for two-year-old funding from 1 April

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