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Childcare

2gether - funded childcare for 2 year olds

What is 2gether?

Devon is part of a government sheme offering flexible, free childcare places for some two year olds. The scheme is designed to improve children's learning and development. You may be entitled to receive funding for up to 15 hours of early learning and childcare a week.

Who can be part of 2gether?

2gether

You can be part of the scheme if one parent or carer is receiving one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit, with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Please note that Working Tax Credit is not an eligible benefit for this scheme.

What do I need to do?

To check your eligibility, the claimant in receipt of the qualifying benefit will need to do one of the following:

1. Apply using the online form image - PDF icon (715KB - pdf help)

Once we have received your application we will enter your details on to the Department for Education’s Eligibility Checking System. This will confirm whether or not you are eligible. It will not tell us what benefits you are in receipt of, dates when a benefit was awarded or say how much you receive.

Once you have filled the form in online, save it, then email or post it to us using the instructions on the form.

Or

2. Phone 0845 155 1019 with your National Insurance Number, date of birth, name and child’s details for an eligibility check using the Department for Education’s Eligibility Checking System.

What do I do next?

We will send you a letter with our decision, usually within 5-10 working days.

If you are eligible you should take this letter to your chosen childcare provider.

You must use an approved childcare provider. You can search for childcare at www.devonfsd.info and check if they are an approved provider. If you need any help with this phone 0845 155 1013 or email discinfo@devon.gov.uk.

The funding will be paid directly to the provider.

You can complete an application form before your child is two years old, but not before the term of their second birthday – however the childcare will not start until the term after your child’s second birthday.

Your local children’s centre may also contact you to talk about what further support they can provide.

Children in care and adopted children

Children who are looked after by their local authority, and with effect from 1 April 2014, children who have left care through special guardianship, adoption or through a residence order are eligible. Foster and adoptee parents, and carers should apply by contacting either the child’s social worker or the 2gether Programme Manager by phoning 01392 385537 or emailing rob.cornock@devon.gov.uk

When can my child access the free childcare?

Child born between Entitled from
1 April and 31 August Start of the Autumn funding period following their 2nd birthday
1 September and 31 December Start of the Spring funding period following their 2nd birthday
1 January and 31 March Start of the Summer funding period following their 2nd birthday

Once approved the entitlement to 2gether funding lasts until they go on to the Early Years Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds even if your financial circumstances change.

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