Two year old offer

You can claim up to 15 hours of free, flexible early education and childcare if, your family receives one of the following benefits:

*Income Support *income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) *income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) *Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax *tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax *the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit *support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act *the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

*they're looked after by a local council *they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan *they get Disability Living Allowance *they've left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If you're eligible the free early education and childcare:

*must be with an approved childcare provider *starts from the term after your child's 2nd birthday

Check if you are eligible for the two year old offer funding with North Tyneside's Citizen Portal here .

Two-year-old children in low income families are now able to take up a free place when their parent(s) have one of the following types of immigration status:

  • Zambrano carer (derivative right to reside in the UK under European law as the primary carer of a British child or dependent adult)

  • Leave to remain with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) granted on family or private life (Article 8) grounds

  • 'Appeal rights exhausted' (ARE) asylum seeker receiving asylum support from the Home Office under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Parents who are Zambrano carers or who have leave to remain with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), must also be able to demonstrate that they have a low income.

If you think you are eligible under these criteria you will have to complete a separate application.  Please email with your contact details and request a TYO application form.

If you experience any issues with North Tyneside's Citizen Portal please contact 0345 2000 109 for assistance.

Families can find out more about support with childcare costs at the Government's Childcare Choices website.