Early education places and funding
All three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some two-year-olds are also eligible.
Free early education and childcare is provided by a range of different early years settings and childminders around North Yorkshire:
- nursery schools
- nursery classes in schools and academies
- day nurseries
- playgroups and pre-schools
- childminders (to offer two-year-old places, childminders must have been judged 'Good' or 'Outstanding' at their most recent Ofsted Inspection)
- private daycare providers on children's centre sites
Some two-year-olds in England are entitled to free early education and childcare.
To be eligible for a free two-year-old place, you must receive one of the following benefits or credits:
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit and have an annual income not over £16,190
- Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year
- The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Your child receives Disability Living Allowance
To check if your child is eligible, contact the Families Information Service on 01609 533483 or email email@example.com.
Alternatively you can download the two-year-old application form [460kb]Opens new window. Please complete and return by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: CYPS Finance, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton DL7 8AE. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the finance team using the above details or telephone 01609 532676.
If your child is eligible, you can take up their place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.