There a quite a few ways to access free education and care for your child. There is childcare funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and there is also a long list of other ways to reduce your childcare costs. Some of the details are detailed below, but do speak to us to explore your options further.
Childcare funding for 2 year olds
If you have a 2 year old, there may be funding available to help with childcare costs. A parent or carer can apply if they receive one of the following:
Income SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s AllowanceIncome-related Employment Support AllowanceSupport through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999State Pension Credit (the guaranteed element)Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and earn no more than £16,190 per yearWorking Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments. (If a parent is entitled to Universal Credit they must have an annual net earned income not exceeding £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.)are looked after by a local authorityhave a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), health and care (EHC) planget Disability Living Allowancehave left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements orderIf you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits, you may be eligible too.
Use Suffolk County Council’s online checker to find out if you can get free childcare for your 2-year-old
Childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds
If you have a 3 or 4 year old child, there is funding available to help with childcare costs. All 3 & 4 year olds get 15 hours funded early education a week for 38 weeks a year. Working families may get another 15 hours childcare a week. That’s up to a total of 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.