Free Nursery for 2 year old

(18 Posts)
10152530 Thu 06-Mar-14 10:39:05

My daughter will turn 2 in July can she start nursery for free no matter how much I earn?
Thank you for your advices.

firstpost Thu 06-Mar-14 10:54:54

15 hrs Free nursery starts the term after they turn 3 yrs.

That said, in some circumstances it is offered to 2 yr olds, if criteria is met.

TheScience Thu 06-Mar-14 10:56:22

No, there's an earnings limit of around £16000 household income iirc.

hippo123 Fri 07-Mar-14 00:32:16

Depends which area you live. Some areas near me get funded hours from 2 regardless of income, it's based on your postcode. Most don't get any funded hours until the term after they turn 3 though.

SoonToBeSix Fri 07-Mar-14 00:42:31

Earning limit is not fixed across the country it depends in individual circumstances. Our income is above that my dd gets the free hours due to health reasons regardless of income.

10152530 Sat 08-Mar-14 06:09:14

Well I called HM Revenue yesterday and was advised that if both parents worked 16hrs and above, they could pay up to 70% of the child care!!

snozzlemaid Sat 08-Mar-14 06:36:22

That'll be with tax credits.
However, some families can get the free 15 hours for two year olds too. Each local authority will have their own criteria for eligibility. I would check your council's family information service website.

TheScience Sat 08-Mar-14 08:27:14

Your joint incomes need to be pretty low to qualify for 70%, and it isn't 70% of the total amount - it's up to 70% of £175 a week for one child.

hippo123 Sat 08-Mar-14 08:50:41

could being the word op. You basically both have to be on minimum wage working 16 hours each to get that amount. Lots of employees offer childcare vouchers these days which are tax free. They are worth looking into.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 08-Mar-14 09:02:24

In Scotland it is only vulnerable children who will benefit from free nursery from two.

georgesdino Sat 08-Mar-14 09:06:56

You dont have to be on minimum wage to get that op. You will still get a large sum if you are in the 30ks if you have a couple of children. We have nurses and many other professions in couples claiming tax credits

TheScience Sat 08-Mar-14 09:38:14

This is the information on the new "2 year funding" for nursery - https://www.gov.uk/free-early-education

Currently it only applies to families claiming benefits, however from September if you are claiming working tax credit and have a joint income of under £16k, or your child has a statement of SEN or claims DLA, you might also qualify for the 15 hours free.

SoonToBeSix Sat 08-Mar-14 11:55:40

The science but it doesn't , we don't claim benefits they are just guidelines each LA interprets them differently.

TheScience Sat 08-Mar-14 12:06:08

It sounds like you are not getting the new 2 year offer Soon - places for 2 year olds for health or social reasons have been available for quite some time as part of another scheme. The roll out of 2 year places based on economic deprivation is new.

snozzlemaid Sat 08-Mar-14 12:14:40

TheScience the extra criteria you mention are already in place in Cornwall as the LA decided to bring it in early. So you need to check with your own local authority.

georgesdino Sat 08-Mar-14 12:17:15

I meant for tax credits you will get most funded

SoonToBeSix Sat 08-Mar-14 13:29:18

Maybe then my dd's two year place is for health reasons. She couldn't get it until she was two though.

10152530 Sun 09-Mar-14 06:57:44

OMG this is all confusing...I guess I just need to apply and wait for my luck!!

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