Free early education for 2 year old children

Some two year old children are eligible to access up to 570 hours of free early education a year.

If your child is eligible, they can access free early education at different times of the year depending on when their birthday falls. But, they can only start their place after they turn 2 years old, in the new upcoming term.

Your 2 year old child can start free early education at different times depending when their birthday is:

  • If their birthday is between January 1st and March 31st they can start in April, after their second birthday
  • If their birthday is between April 1st and August 31st they can start in September after their second birthday
  • If their birthday is between September 1st to December 31st they can start in January after their second birthday

Check if your 2 year old child is eligible for free early education

Only children and/or families that meet the national criteria are eligible for a funded early education place.

Please read the national criteria on the government website to check if you or your child are eligible before submitting your application online.

Apply for 2 year old funding

Support for working families

From April 2024, if you are a working parent of a 2 year old, you will be able to access 15 hours of free early education and care per week. You'll be able to access this from the term after your child's birthday.

Make sure you are ready by applying for your eligibility code on the Childcare Choices website.

Apply for your eligibility code

If you need help with the online application process or want to discuss your child’s eligibility contact the families information service on 01254 667877

Alternatively email: fis@blackburn.gov.uk or drop in to your nearest Children’s Centre or Family Hub.

You will be contacted by email if funding for your child has been approved.

If your child is eligible, you will receive an approval letter.

You will need to take this with you to your chosen childcare provider.

The completion of an online application does not guarantee a place.