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How do I apply for a 2 year old place?

Step 1: Check criteria

Postcards with details of how to apply for funding are automatically sent out to households who may meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have not received a postcard, check your eligibility.

Step 2: Apply

Either apply online if you meet the economic criteria or apply using the paper form if you believe you are eligible on any of the other criteria.

Step 3: Receive decision

Once your application has been processed, we will notify you of the outcome either by email or post. You will only be able to claim your free hours from the date your application is approved.

Step 4: Take Certificate of Eligibility to your childcare provider

If you need help finding a childcare setting that accepts 2 year old funding you can search for childcare near you.

When you have chosen the childcare provider(s) that you want to use, your provider will give you a Parent Declaration Form to fill in and give back to them. This must be completed accurately and in full for you to be able to access your free hours.

If you are using more than one provider, you will need to complete a form for each provider with the same information on.