Early Learning and Childcare Provision for Two Year Olds

Do you qualify for this support?

To be able to get this support, the child must be from a household where parents/carers are receiving one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Based)
  • Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit with annual income less than £16,105
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with annual income less than £6,515
  • Universal Credit where the monthly household earned income does not exceed £610 (A copy of your online Journal Statement confirming your monthly payment and take-home-pay must be provided with your application.)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Apply for a place

Download and complete an application form

Then return it to:

Education Business Unit, East Lothian Council, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3HA.

Following receipt of completed application form benefit information will be checked. You will receive a letter which tells you if your child qualifies for a place. The form asks you to list the childcare of your choice, but due to high demand on places in some areas, it may not be possible to grant you your first choice.

Those in childcare places will move on to nursery in the term after their third birthday, when your child starts depends on their date of birth.

Children are eligible to take up their funded place the term after their second birthday as follows:

Child's Second Birthday Falls Between Entitlement Begins
1 March and start of the school year August
Start of the school year and end of October break After October break
October break and 31 December January
1 January and 28 February After Easter break

Looked-after children

Two year olds who are looked after, under a kinship care order, or with a guardian become entitled from the moment they have this status on or after their 2nd birthday. They do not need to wait until the first term after as those on qualifying benefits do. Council's can use their discretion to allocate places sooner.