Two year olds who live in Wirral may be eligible for 15 hours free childcare per week, which adds up to 570 hours per year.

The funding can be used in a day nursery, a pre-school, or with a child minder rated good or outstanding.

If your child meets the criteria, the funding can be used the term after their second birthday. Please see below for term dates.

All applications for Spring Term 2019 must be received by Friday 11 January 2019.

All applications for Summer Term 2019 must be received by Friday 10 May 2019.

Apply

Apply for early years funding

Applications can be completed by the parent or carer of the child or a professional working with the family. Please note you will need to know the parent or carers details.

Applications can be completed by the parent or carer of the child or a professional working with the family. Please note you will need to know the parent or carers details.

Who is eligible for funding?

Your two year old will be eligible for funding if you receive:

  • Universal Credit, if a parent is entitled to Universal Credit you must have a household annual income equivalent to and not exceeding £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent's most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you do not receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual household income of no more than £16,190)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Your two year old may also be eligible for funding (depending on your household income) if you receive:
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Children are also eligible if:
  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they’ve left care in England or Wales through:
  • an adoption order
  • a special guardianship order,
  • a child arrangements order

When you can claim

Applications should be made around 12 weeks before the term in which your child would be eligible from

  • children become eligible from the term after their second birthday.
  • children born between 1st January and 31st March become eligible in April (Summer Term)
  • children born between 1st April and 31st August become eligible in September (Autumn Term)
  • children born between 1st September and 31st December become eligible in January (Spring Term)

If you make a successful claim then you do not need to reapply.

You will need to tell HMRC when you get free childcare. Call the Tax Credit Helpline.

For further information contact [email protected] or 0800 085 8743.