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Ellingham Primary School

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Early Education (ages 2 to 3)

Since September 2013 some two year olds have been entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare. To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • income support
  • income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit and earning less than £16,190

All children who are looked after by the local authority (subject to care orders or in foster care) and children that have left care through special guardianship, an adoption or residence order are also eligible.

From September 2014, children will also be eligible if:

  • they have a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • they receive Disability Living Allowance

You can apply by picking up an application form at your local children's centre or completing an online application at