Important Update – Eligibility for 2 year old funding

Funding will only be paid for eligible 2 year olds and there are a number of ways of identifying children that qualify as follows:

  • Golden Ticket with MM number – the first six digits of this number MUST match the date of birth of the child.  If it doesn’t, the parent will need to apply on the Citizen’s Portal
  • Golden Ticket with ZZ number – the details of the child must be emailed to the Early Years mailbox ( – please include the name of the child, their date of birth, the ‘ZZ’ number and the start date at your setting.
  • Golden Ticket with no number – parent needs to apply through the Citizen’s Portal.
  • TYF878 – These are the Citizen’s Portal application references and the number alone is not sufficient.  You will need to see an email, portal message or letter sent to the parent to confirm eligibility.

You do not need to email the details of any MM numbers that match the child’s date of birth or any TYF878 references as we have the details of those children.

You do need to email us the details of ZZ numbers (as above), copies of any letters from other Local Authorities to confirm eligibility including TYF’s that are not 878.

The Early Years Helpdesk will not verify MM or TYF878 numbers and you must follow the steps above.