Two Year Old Funding

What’s on offer in Staffordshire?

If you are in receipt of benefits and have a child who is two years old, you may be able to get a little extra help from Staffordshire County Councils new scheme called Think2. You may be able to get 15 hours of quality childcare for your two year old free every week during term time.

Children as young as two really benefit from early education. They learn while they play, mixing improves their social skills and they get used to a routine. Once they’re old enough to go to school, they’re already well prepared and often achieve more.

Are you eligible?

If any one of the following applies, the answer is yes:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Child Tax Credit and have an Annual income not over £16,190 (CTC)
  • Working Tax Credit and have an Annual income not over £16,190 (WTC)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit and have a net annual household earnings below £15,400 (this means your take-home pay from any paid employment, after Income Tax and NI contributions have been deducted)

Two year olds are also eligible if they:

  • Have a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC)
  • Attract Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • They are Looked after by their Local Authority
  • Have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order

Please note: If your circumstances change your funded place will not be taken away.

If your child already has a place on the Think2 pilot scheme you will be automatically eligible and need do nothing more.

Click on the link for more information on how to apply

What’s on offer in Telford & Wrekin?

Talking 2’s

Telford & Wrekin Council offer free early education and childcare places to eligible 2 year olds. If you have a toddler who will be 2 or who is already 2 during 2015, you can apply for a free place for your child if one or more of the following applies:

  • you meet the criteria for Free School Meals
  • you receive working tax credits and have household gross yearly income of no more than £16,190 before tax credits
  • your child has a current statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • your child attracts Disability Living Allowance
  • your child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residency order (including children in care)

Click on the link for more information on how to apply

Telford Talking 2’s Funding