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Free early education for two year olds

Some children qualify for free early education from the age of two.

Who qualifies

You

Your child will qualify for a free place if you get:
  • income support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under immigration and asylum law
  • the guaranteed part of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and you have an annual income of £16,190 before tax or less
  • working tax credits and earn no more than £16,190 per year.
To check your eligibility against the criteria, use our online checker.
If you are eligible you will be given an eligibility certificate. Print it out and and take it to your chosen childcare provider.
 

Child

Children qualify in their own right if:
  • we look after them
  • they have a child protection plan
  • they have a disability living allowance
  • they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN)
  • they have an education, health and care plan
  • they left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order.

If you think the child qualifies under any of the criteria, email twoyearold.childcare@newham.gov.uk or call 020 3373 0980.

 

What your child gets

Your child can receive 15 hours of free early education per week, 38 weeks per year.
 
Free places are offered as:
  • three hours per day over five days
  • five hours per day over three days
  • 15 hours spread over a week. 

Or the hours can be stretched out to meet your needs.

Watch our short film about free early education for two year olds and learn more about the benefits and what we offer in Newham.
 

When your child can start

If your two-year old qualifies for free early education, they will usually start in the term after their second birthday.

If we have not contacted you, but you think your child is eligible, call us on 020 3373 0980 or email twoyearold.childcare@newham.gov.uk.

 

Where your child can get free early education

Free early education and childcare can be at:
The provider must be registered with Ofsted and included on our approved list of early learning providers for two year olds (PDF).
Before you choose a provider for your child, find out more about the different types of childcare on offer. You can also get tips on how to choose a childcare provider.

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Contact us

  • The Learning and Achievement Team
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    London
    E16 2QU

    020 3373 0980

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