Two-year old entitlement

Permanent extension of the eligibility criteria for a free early education place for disadvantaged two year olds.

In March, the government temporarily extended eligibility for the free early education entitlement for the most disadvantaged two-year-old children whose parent(s) meet the following conditions for the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • That they are excluded from claiming public funds as a consequence of their immigration status, or their lack of immigration status; and
  • They are in receipt of support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

The government has decided that from 1st September 2020 this extension, will be made permanent.

From September 2020 places for the two year old entitlement for children who meet the criteria listed above will be funded by the Department for Education.

The children of these families will be entitled to a funded place if their parents are working and meet similar low-level income requirements to others eligible for the scheme (e.g. a household income of £15,400 a year or less after tax). We expect the numbers who fall within this cohort of two-year olds to be small.