Free childcare for two year olds

Did you know that if your annual household income is less than £16,190 or you are in receipt of an eligible benefit your two year old could qualify for up to 15 hours of free childcare a week? This could either be at a playgroup, day nursery or with a childminder.

Quality early years care can help your child:

  • Learn
  • Play together with friends
  • Experience new activities

It can also help you:

  • Have more time
  • Take up a college course
  • Go back to work
  • Get ideas of how to help your child play and learn

How do I apply?

You can complete our online form to check your eligibility and apply for a funded place. Application forms are also available in your local children’s centres, GP surgeries and childcare settings. You can also contact the York Family Information Service on 01904 554444

Please do not apply too early. The best time to apply is two months before your child’s free place could start (refer to the table below). Applications will be processed within 10 working days.

When can eligible children start their free place?

If your child’s second birthday falls between:

2nd birthday falls between

Can start free place... 

1 Jan - 31 Mar

the start of the summer term (after Easter)

1 April - 31 Aug

the start of the autumn term (early September)

1 Sept - 31 Dec

the start of the spring term (early January)