Extending Eligibility for a funded early education place for disadvantaged two year olds

The government has extended eligibility for the most disadvantaged two year old children to include three additional groups of children from September 2019.

The new groups of children to be entitled to a funded place are:

  • Children of Zambrano Carers;
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’).

The children of Zambrano Carers will be entitled if their parents meet similar low level income requirements to others eligible for the scheme (e.g. £15,400 net earnings threshold for families in receipt of Universal Credit). Similarly, we are extending the entitlement to children whose families have a right to be here on Article 8 grounds with no recourse to public funds and who meet the same criteria of economic disadvantage. We are also extending eligibility to children whose families receive support under section 4 of the 1999 Act because they are temporarily unable to leave the UK and would otherwise be destitute. As such, they satisfy the low income requirements to be eligible for the entitlement.

We expect the numbers of these two year olds to be small and are currently agreeing a manual application process for families that may qualify in this way.

If you have any families that you believe may be eligible, please email: eyef@devon.gov.uk