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Free entitlement for two year olds

19 Dec 2013 - 16:02 by michelle.foster

You may have heard of the free Early Education (childcare) entitlement for two year olds.

Manchester has been funded to provide Free Early Education for 2,270 of the most deprived two year olds in 2013 and 4,500 in 2014. Children are entitled to 15 hours of early learning in a range of settings for up to 38 weeks across the city. Manchester City Council want to ensure all two year olds who are eligible access their entitlement and would be grateful for your support in raising awareness and where possible support families to take up this free offer.

Eligibility Criteria
People who receive any of the following are eligible for free childcare from the beginning of the term after their child turns two:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit. This applies only to those who have an annual gross income no more than £16,190
• The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
• Universal Credit
• Free school meals for a school aged child
• Working Tax Credit. This applies only to those who have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
• A current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
• Disability Living Allowance for the child

All children looked after by a local council are also entitled to a place, as are children who have left care through special guardianship, an adoption order or residence order.

Registered asylum seekers are also eligible.

For further information, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/childcaresupportscheme

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