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2 Year Old Funding - 15 hours


Funded Hours for 2 year olds for 15 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 2nd birthday)

You can claim free these hours if you receive one or more of the following:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £16,190
Working Tax Credit and earn less than £16,190

Or if your child:
Is looked after by the local authority or has left care through adoption, residence order or special guardianship.
Has a current statement of special education needs or an Education, Health and Care plan.
Is in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance

To apply for free childcare hours for your 2 year old - You will need a current email address.

First register and then apply via the online application form at:
https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/childcare/free-childcare/2-years/

3 & 4 Year Old Funding - 15 Hours


Funded Hours for 3 & 4 year olds for 15 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday)

For ALL children, once your child is 3 years old until they go to school.

All families remain eligible for the 15 hours per week regardless eligibility for the 30 hours offer.
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3 & 4 Year Old Funding 30 Hours

Funded Hours for 3 & 4 year olds for 30 hours p/w for 38 weeks a year
(From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday)
From September 2017

You can claim the 30 hours if:
You are a family where both parents are working / sole parent is working in a lone parent family
Each working parent must earn, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW)
or national living wage (NLW) - for example £120 p/w or over and less than £100,000 per year.
This means if you only work 10 hours a week but earn £12 per hour, you will meet the minimum earning threshold.
Apprentices are also eligible as long as they earn the equivalent to 16 hours at the apprentice minimum wage.

This includes employed and self-employed parents as well as parents on zero hours contracts who meet the criteria above and
expect to meet the earning criteria on average over the three months after you have applied for the 30-hours.
If you are starting up your own business, you will not be expected to meet the minimum earning criteria in your first year of trading

If you are not working but you expect to take up paid work within 14 days, you can still apply for 30 hours,
as long as you expect to meet the income criteria over the coming three months.



You will not have to meet the minimum earnings criteria if:
You and your partner are employed but one or both of you is temporarily away from the workplace on
parental, maternity or paternity, adoption leave, or on statutory sick pay.
One of you is employed and the other has substantial caring responsibilities, or is disabled or incapacitated and that parent is entitled to specific disability or caring benefits.
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To check eligibility and to apply, go to: