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Is your child entitled to a free place (2 year olds)


You can claim for a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

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

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income not over £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

  • Children will also qualify to receive a funded place if they are looked after by the local authority

       Additional places will be allocated to children:

  • How have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan or who attract Disability Living Allowance

  • Who have left care through adoption order, residence order, or special guardianship

  • From households receiving Working Tax Credits (due to become Universal Credit) and with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190

FREE PLACE SUMMARY

  1. A maximum of 15 hours a week, across a school term

  2. Or a maximum of 12 hours a week, across school term time and some holiday periods

  3. Available between 7am and 7pm

  4. Minimum 2½ hours per day

  5. Maximum 10 hours per day

When is your child entitled to a free place?


Eligible children are entitled to a free early years place at the start of the school term following their 2nd birthday.

A child may access the free place until the end of the school term in which they celebrate their 3rd birthday.  At this point, each child is then entitled to their 3 and 4 year old funding and will continue to access 570 hours funded provision each year.

A child born on or between

 

Will become eligible for a free place from the

1 April to 31 August

 

September following their 2nd Birthday

[Start of Autumn School  Term]

 

1 September to 31 December

 

January following their 2nd Birthday

[Start of Spring School Term]

 

1 January to 31 March

 

April following their 2nd Birthday

[Start of Summer School Term]

 

Where can I access this funded entitlement?


The free places will only be available from providers who are proven to offer the highest possible standards of care for two year olds.  A list of providers who are registered to deliver this entitlement can be access fro the Family Information Service.

How do I apply?


  • Complete the online form at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/2yearolds

  • If you are eligible they will send you a confirmation letter with a child ID number to give to us.

  • Contact us to arrange a visit.  Check if we have a place at the times you need.  Bring your letter when you first visit to confirm your child's eligibility.

  • Once you have secured a place, we will ask to see a copy of your child's birth certificate and ask you to complete a Parent/carer Declaration Form.


 

When is your child entitled to a free place

(3-4 Year olds)?


 

 

All children are entitled to a free early years place at the school term following their 3rd birthday.

A child may access the Early Years Entitlement (EYE) until the end of the school term in which they celebrate their 5th birthday.

FREE PLACE SUMMARY

  1. A maximum of 15 hours a week, across a school term

  2. Or a maximum of 12 hours a week, across school term time and some holiday periods

  3. Available between 7am and 7pm

  4. Minimum 2½ hours per day

  5. Maximum 10 hours per day

A child born on or between

 

Will become eligible for a free place from the

1 April to 31 August

 

September following their 3rd Birthday

[Start of Autumn School  Term]

 

1 September to 31 December

 

January following their 3rd Birthday

[Start of Spring School Term]

 

1 January to 31 March

 

April following their 3rd Birthday

[Start of Summer School Term]

 

Where can I access a free Place?


You can access a free early years place at any early years provider on the local authority's directory of registered providers.  This includes:

  1. Pre-schools and Playgroups

  2. Day Nurseries

  3. Independent Schools

  4. Maintained Nursery Classes

  5. Maintained Nursery Schools

  6. Registered Childminders on a Network

If you choose us we will claim funding from the local authority on your behalf, you will be required to sign a Parent/carer Declaration requesting the funded hours and provide proof of your child's age.

How can I take the funded hours?


We try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your child's needs and try are very best to meet your needs.  The basic model you can expect to be offered is 3 hours per day over 5 days a week or 5 hours per day over 3 days per week.

Do I have to pay for anything extra?


Should you require extra sessions over and above your entitlement and/or wish your child to stop for lunch then you will incur additional charges - please ask for details.

Inspections of early education providers


Early education providers are regulated and inspected by Ofsted. You can find out more about their inspections and read their inspection reports.