Some 2 year olds in Coventry will be eligible to get an entitlement of up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year - very similar to the three school terms.
This can be taken up with any Early Years provider such as a childminder, nursery or pre-school that is registered with both Ofsted and Coventry City Council to offer funded places. Not all early Years Providers do so you will need to check this with the provider you choose. The Coventry Family Information Service is a free website that contains information about Early Years providers in Coventry.
To qualify for a 2 year old funding voucher, you must be receiving one of the following UK benefits or universal credits:
Parents or carers with legal responsibility that do not meet any of the above criteria, should then check the list below to see if their child meets any of the following criteria. Some additional evidence will be required when applying as proof of eligibility;
If your child is eligible, you can start claiming the term after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.
|Child’s birthday||When you can claim|
|1 January and 31 March||the start of the summer term following their second birthday|
|1 April and 31 August||the start of the autumn term following their second birthday|
|1 September and 31 December||the start of the spring term following their second birthday|
Some Early Years providers may be able to offer less hours per week for more weeks during the year for example 11 hours a week for 50 weeks a year. This way the childcare could also be taken up during holiday periods. Not all providers are able to do this so please check with them when you ask them about the two year old funded place. This would be called a stretched offer.
Here is more guidance on the 2-year-old funding entitlement. for you to read if you wish.
Think you and your child may be eligible? Parents and carers with legal responsibility of two year olds or children that are nearly two, can Apply for a Two Year Old Funding Voucher.