15 hours free childcare and early learning for 2 year olds

If you have a two year old child they may be able to get up to 15 hours free childcare and early learning at a an Ofsted registered private day nursery, pre-school or childminder if you get any of the following, If you meet the qualifying criteria, your child will become eligible from the term after their second birthday for up to 15 hours of free childcare each week:
in receipt of benefits
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit and not working
  • Universal credit and you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less, a year after tax.
  • Working Tax Credit and you have an income of £16,190 or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
If your child has a special educational need or a disability
You are able to receive free childcare for your 2 year old child if they:
  • have an Education, Health and Care plan
  • receives Disability Living Allowance
Please call the Early Years and Childcare Team on 020 8583 6421 or email 2y@hounslow.gov.uk
We can support you in finding childcare if you are having difficulty.
If your child starts in a day nursery or preschool, they may be able to get extra support from the Early Years SEN team.
child is or was in foster care or has been adopted
You may be able to get 15 hours free childcare if the child:
  • is looked after by the local authority; or
  • has left care under a
  • a special guardianship order
  • child arrangement order
  • adoption order
You will not need to go online to check your eligibility. To find out more please call the Early Years and Childcare Team on 020 8583 6421 or email 2y@hounslow.gov.uk
no recourse to public funds
If you have no recourse to public funds you are able to get free childcare for your 2 year old if:
  • you are a Zambrano carer. A Zambrano carer is the primary carer of a British citizen child or dependent adult where requiring the primary carer to leave the UK would force that British citizen to leave the European Economic Area (EEA).
  • you are a family who have a right to be in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights).
  • you are a family receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • you receive support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
If any of these apply to you please contact us on 020 8583 6421 or email 2y@hounslow.gov.uk
what isn't covered

The 15 hours free childcare offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips). Providers may charge a fee for these additions.

If you choose to pay for these it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 15 hour place, and must be offered alternative options.