Parents of two year olds in Bexley could be entitled up to 15 hours of free childcare as part of a programme designed to encourage parents to return to work and to improve learning outcomes for children. The 'Two year old programme' offers a limited number of spaces for children whose parents or carers are in receipt of certain benefits such as Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits or Income Support. If you think you may be eligible for funding please apply by clicking on the Two Year Old Funding tab.

If eligible, you're entitled to an extra 570 hours of free childcare a year to use flexibly, so 1140 hours in total. You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. You can't get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more. Available at participating: •Nurseries and nursery classes •Playgroups and pre-school •Childminders •Sure Start Children's Centres For more information please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

For information on further help with childcare cost please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

For more information on when to apply for a school place and how please go to www.bexley.gov.uk/admissions

Here are are some tips to helping you finding the right setting for your child. www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/five-steps-choosing-childcare

Nurseries, schools, childminders, academies and any setting registered to provide the 3 & 4 year old free entitlement will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s development, learning and care and to fund valuable support such as extra training or resources to help raise the quality of your child's early education. This is paid directly to your childcare provider as part of their normal funding claim. It is not paid to parents or seen as a monetary amount on invoices. To be eligible for EYPP you will need to meet at least one of the criteria this can be given to you by your childcare provider. They will ask you to provide some additional details which will be sent to the Local Authority in order to validate your child’s eligibility.

All 3 to 4 year olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours childcare per week (For more information on the 2 year offer please go www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/)