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Time for 2s - free 15 hours for 2 year olds

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Time for 2s

Free early learning and childcare in Luton!

Is your child two?

Your two year old could get 15 hours a week of free childcare, from the term after they turn two, if you receive any of these benefits:
  • Universal Credit
  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (if you are unable to work due to illness or disability)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and earn £16,190 or less per year
  • Working Tax Credit and earn £16,190 or less per year
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Or your child:

  • Has a current statement of special educational need (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care plan
  • Receives Disability Living Allowance
  • Has left care through special guardianship, adoption or residence order
  • Is looked after by the local authority
  • Children of Zambrano Carers
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’)

Good for your child

Children learn through play. Having a free place in an exciting, enjoyable and secure environment could give your two year old the best possible start in life.
That’s 15 hours a week of playing, painting, reading, cooking, climbing, singing, dancing, dressing up, running around, building, gardening, or whatever they like doing. But most of all, your child is learning!

Good for you

That’s also 15 hours a week for you – giving you the chance to work, take up some training, education or studying. You can get advice and support through your local children’s centre.
The date you can claim your free place will depend on when your child’s birthday is.
Child’s birthday​ When you can claim​
1 January - 31 March​ ​The beginning of term on or after 1 April
​1 April - 31 August ​The beginning of term on or after 1 September
​1 September - 31 December ​The beginning of term on or after 1 January

Want to find out more?

To find out more about childcare in your area and to see if your two year old child can get a free place, speak to the Luton Family Information Service using the contact details below.
Apply online for two year old funding
Visit or call your local children’s centre, pre-school, nursery or childminder to find out what they offer.
Visit the GOV.UK for further information on free early education
Early education providers are regulated and inspected by Ofsted. You can find out more about their inspections and read their inspection report by visiting



 Contact information

Luton Family Information Service (FIS)
Flying Start Office, 2nd Floor, TOKKO, Gordon Street, Luton, LU1 2QP
Tel: 01582 548888

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