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Early education and childcare for 2 year olds

If you meet one of the following criteria your 2-year-old may get funded childcare if you live in England:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • Child Tax Credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Apply for funding 

Application for funding is via the Synergy Parent Portal. If you need help to apply please read our guidance (PDF).

Your 2-year-old will be funded if they:

  • if you are a Zambrano Carer
  • have no course to public funds

For an application for any of the above, please email