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Earnings and Benefits Criteria

To be eligible for free early education for two year olds, the parent must be claiming one of the following and have an gross annual household income of no more than £16,190.


  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999  

  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit

Please note:

Both you and your spouse/partner's income will be considered when checking your eligibility. 


If you feel that you meet the criteria, continue on to How To Apply


More information

If you require further information about free early education, contact your local Children, Young People and Families Centre