Free early education and childcare for 2-year-olds
Take2 is a scheme offering up to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year, for eligible two-year-olds in Norfolk.
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 up to 15 funded hours shared between two different providers
If you have received a letter from us telling you that you are eligible, you do not need to complete the first step and can move on to finding a provider.
To apply for the scheme you must complete the following steps:
1. Check if you are eligible, and if you are eligible:
3. Your provider will complete the Take2 claim form with you
A referrer can help you with each step of the application and claim process. A referrer could be an early education and childcare provider, Children’s Centre staff or other professional.
Your child may be eligible for funded early education and childcare if you are on low income or in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit
- Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (this is the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Or if your child:
- is looked after by the local authority
- has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order
- is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- has a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or 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 you will need to apply again.
Need help or further information?
Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or to talk to us about funded education and childcare, telephone 0344 800 8020.
To find out if your child is eligible, text or email and include the details below. We will then carry out an eligibility check for you. If you are eligible we will give you a reference number.
Complete our online eligibility checker.
Start your text with ‘Take 2’ and include the following information:
- Your National Insurance number, or National Asylum Support Service (NASS) number
- Your date of birth
- First three letters of your surname
- Send the message to 84433
- If text messages are not included in your call package, the text will cost 10p
Alternatively you can send the same details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded places are available at eligible childminders, day nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, nursery schools and nursery classes.
You or your referrer* 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.
If you are having problems finding a place visit Problems finding childcare for help.
*A referrer can help you with each step of the application process. A referrer could be an early education and childcare provider, Children’s Centre staff member or other professional.
If you have received an eligibility letter giving you a reference number, you will not need to complete the online eligibility check. Take the letter to your chosen provider who will complete the claim form and return it on your behalf.
If you need help finding your childcare or need further assistance you can contact your local Children's Centre, visit the Norfolk 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
The date a child is eligible for free early education and childcare is based on the child’s date of birth. A child becomes eligible at the start of the next claim period which follows their second birthday. The dates below show the earliest you can apply for a free childcare place. If you have missed the earliest claim period for your child you can still claim in any of the later claim periods before your child turns three.
Aged two on or before 31 March 2017
You can claim funding from 1 April 2017
Date of birth range - 1 April 2015 - 31 August 2015
You can claim funding from 1 September 2017
Date of birth range - 1 September 2015 - 31 December 2015
You can claim funding from 1 January 2018
Date of birth range - 1 January 2016 - 31 March 2016
You can claim funding from 1 April 2018
We recommend that you check with your chosen provider when your child will be eligible to receive funding.