Nursery Education and Grants
All 3 and 4 year old children in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2 year olds are also eligible.
Once your child is 3 years old you can start claiming free early education from any of these dates:
- 1st September
- 1st January
- 1st April
Some 2-year-olds in England can also get free early education.
You must be getting one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Children looked after by a local council are also entitled to a place.
If your child’s eligible, you’ll be able to start claiming from any of these dates after they turn 2:
- 1 September
- 1 January
- 1 April
New rules from September 2014
From September 2014 more 2-year-olds in England will be eligible for free early education.
As well as the current rules, a child will then also be eligible if any of the following apply:
- you get Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year
- they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order