Free childcare for two-year-olds

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

At present we can only process online applications, therefore if you apply online you must provide an email address so you can be given an application outcome via email.

Postal applications will not be processed at present. If you have sent a postal application, please resubmit your application online.

If you have any queries about applications, please email freefortwos@peterborough.gov.uk

Updated: 25 March 2020

If you have a two-year-old child there are three options for free childcare. 

Option 1

Parent/carers of two-year-old children who receive one of the following benefits can apply online or download the application form at the bottom of this page.

  • income support
  • income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • income related Employment Support Allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • child tax credit - provided annual income assessed by HMRC does not exceed £16,190
  • working tax credit - provided annual income assessment by HMRC does not exceed £16,190
  • working tax credit “run-on” – the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for working tax credit.
  • Universal Credit - if you (and your partner, if applicable) are on a low income from work this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax. 

Option 2

 Two-year-old children will qualify if: 

  • they are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (please provide a recent copy of the letter showing the benefit to support the application);
  • they have left care through special guardianship, adoption or child arrangement order; 
  • they are a child of Zambrano carers;
  • the family has no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • they are a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999).

To apply, download, complete and return the application form at the bottom of this page. Additional information may be requested to support your application.

The table below shows when your child could be eligible subject to the above criteria.

Option 3

Only a third party professional such as a social worker, health professional or practitioner can make a referral for a child under the following eligibility criteria.

  • Children who have a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan;
  • Children looked after by the local authority.

To apply, download, complete and return the application form at the bottom of this page. Additional information may be requested to support your application.

Additional help

Birthday eligibility

The table below shows when your child could be eligible subject to the above criteria.

A child born on or between Could be eligible for a two-year-old place from (subject to criteria):
1 April and 31 August 1 September following their second birthday
1 September and 31 December 1 January following their second birthday
1 January and 31 March 1 April following their second birthday

2YOFEEEApplicationForm-Aug2019
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