FIS: Funding for 2 Year Olds

2 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, a Children’s Centre nursery or with a child minder rated good or outstanding.

Research has shown that high quality part time early years education helps give children a great start and provides them with a solid foundation for the future.

If your child meets the criteria, the funding can be used the term after their 2nd birthday.


How do I apply for 2 year old early years funding?


Who is eligible for free 2 year old childcare funding?

Your two year old will be eligible for free early education and childcare provided you are getting one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credits and earn £16,190 a year or less

Children are also entitled to a place if: