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Funded childcare for 2-year-olds

A Golden Ticket allows you to access funded childcare for your 2-year-old. This could be in a nursery, preschool or with a childminder. We receive information from the Department for Work and Pensions about families who may be eligible.

If you receive a ticket saying that your child is entitled to funding, take your card to your chosen nursery, pre-school or childminder.

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If you receive a Purple Ticket your child may be entitled to the funding but you will need to check your eligibility at If you are eligible you will be given a number starting ‘TYF878’. This number will be included in the email or portal message you will receive. Please take this along to your chosen nursery, pre-school or childminder as proof of entitlement.

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Only those providers that are judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted will be funded to admit 2-year-olds. Occasionally, if there are not enough good or outstanding places in an area, a provider with a ‘requires improvement’ outcome will be funded. Find approved providers that take funded 2-year-olds.

Your 2 year old is eligible for funded childcare if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2 year olds can also get funded childcare if they:

  • are looked after by the Local Authority
  • has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

Parents or carers of foster children; children who are in the care of another Local Authority; children with additional needs or adopted children should apply online and attach supporting evidence to their application.

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

Your 2-year-old may get funded childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)

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:

  • leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds
  • the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)
  • excluded from claiming public funds as a consequence of immigration status, or lack of immigration status
  • In receipt of support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Find out more about these definitions at

If you have not received a Golden or Purple Ticket but think you may be eligible, you can still check your eligibility by visiting or call 0345 155 1013.

If you have made an application, the result is ineligible, and you feel that this is incorrect please contact us on 01392 385530 to discuss.