2 Years Old Childcare Entitlement

Latest news: 2 years old childcare provision

Who is eligible?

Some 2 year old children are eligible for a funded placement of Early Learning and Childcare.

Are you in receipt of one of the benefits below?  If yes, your 2 year old child will be eligible for a nursery place.

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105*
  • Both maximum CTC and Maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420*
  • Support is under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit - where household earned income is £610 or less per month
  • Those aged 2 or over who are (or have been at any point since turning 2) either looked after by a local authority, the subject of a kinship care order or a child with a parent-appointed guardian.

* The income thresholds for Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit can vary annually.

2 year old children become eligible for funded ELC dependant on their month of birth as outlined below:

  • 1 March - 31 August = August term*
  • 1 September - 31 December = January term
  • 1 January - 28/29 February = Easter term

Children whose birthday falls after the first day of term in August (including in-service days) will start in the January following their 2nd birthday.

Parents/carers should contact the Early Years Helpline on 01369 708503 or email earlyyears@argyll-bute.gov.uk and request an application pack.

Please note further information on early years including childcare can be found on www.scottishfamilies.gov.uk or call 01369 708517.