68% of eligible two year olds in England are missing out on free childcare, which they're perfectly entitled to.
Are you one of the parents missing out on this?
Figures from the Department for Education show that huge numbers of kids are missing out on the free 15 hours of childcare per week, with estimates showing 78,552 in total.
Of course, there's criteria you'll have to meet, but if you do, you really should utilise this.
The main areas that are missing out on this free childcare are London, Lancashire, Birmingham, Kent, Manchester, Bradford, Essex, Leeds, and more.
What Do You Need To Know?
If you claim Jobseeker's Allowance, or similar, you could be eligible. Basically, funded education has been extended to include two-year-old children a while ago, but parents have failed to maximise the benefits of new rules for their kids, mainly because they're unaware they can do so.
Your two-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you receive one of the following:
- 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
Or, your child can qualify if any of these apply:
- A local council looks after them
- They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- They get Disability Living Allowance
- They've left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
To find out whether or not you're entitled to this free childcare, then you need to enter your postcode here on this government website.