Parents and carers - 2, 3 and 4 year old Early Education funding

2 year old Funding Entitlement

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.

The Coventry Family Information Directory is a free website that contains information about Early Years providers in Coventry.

To qualify for a 2 year old funding code you must be receiving one of the following UK benefits or universal credits:

Eligibility Route 1

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • 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)

Eligibility Route 2

Parents or carers with legal responsibility who do not meet any of the above financial criteria, may be eligible if they meet one or more of the conditions below. You will be required to submit documentary evidence when applying.

The child you are applying for has/is:

  • Is looked after by Coventry City Council (for example by a Foster Carer). Evidence – A letter from a relevant professional with the child`s name and date of birth. 
  • Has a current Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Evidence – a letter from a relevant professional with the child`s name and date of birth regarding the EHCP awarded. 
  • Receives Disability Living Allowance for the child who you are making the application for. Evidence – award letter for DLA.
  • Has left care under a Special guardianship order, Child arrangements order or Adoption order. Evidence – a letter from a relevant professional with the child`s name and date of birth or Special guardianship, adoption or residence order from the court.

If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits

  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’) - evidence of proof is required  

A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:

  • Children of Zambrano Carers - evidence of proof is required  
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds ( NRPF) with a right to remain in the UK on the grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights;- evidence of proof is required
  • In receipt of support under section 17 ( S17) of the Children Act 1989. These will be British-born child(ren) who are entitled to be here, yet not receiving support by virtue of the parent’s immigration status which triggers the no recourse to public funds (NRPF). 
  • Is being supported through an Early Help Plan. Evidence - a letter from relevant person regarding the Early Help Plan with the child’s name and date of birth (Local Criteria).
  • Is supported through a  Child Protection plan or child in need plan - a personalised letter from the lead Social Worker would be required as evidence (Local Criteria).
  • Has a diagnosed syndrome, condition or disability that significantly affects the ability to access learning or has a delay of at least 6 months in 2 or more areas of development. Evidence – a letter from a relevant professional working with the family regarding the SEND criteria . (Local Criteria)

 Children are eligible for a funded place, the term after their second birthday.

When your child is eligible
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 funding could also be used during the school 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 style of funded delivery is called a stretched offer.

What if my circumstances change, will I still receive funding?

Yes, you will still receive the funding up until your child is eligible for the 3 year old funding.

 If having read the information above, you feel you meet the eligibility criteria please apply for Two Year Old Funding.

Coventry Early Years Team

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 5451

PO Box 15
Coventry City Council
Council House

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