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Welcome to Ealing’s FREE Childcare Checker

If you have a two-year-old and are on a low household income from work or benefits - your two-year-old child may be able to get a free nursery/childcare place for 15 hours a week, 38 weeks of the year (term-time).

Your two-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax
  • tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
  • Children of Zambrano Carers - A ‘Zambrano’ carer is a person from a non – European Economic Area (EEA) state whose residence is required in order to enable a child or dependant adult, who is British, to live in the UK (or the rest of the EEA) *
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights *
  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’) *
  • You have claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (supported under section 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’) *
  • You receive support from your local council because you have ‘a child in need’, for example they have a disability or a child protection plan *

* Applicants who meet this criteria will not need to continue with the online application; and will instead, need to complete a seperate application form (internal link). If you would like more information or have any questions about the application form, please contact the Family Information Service on 020 8825 5588 

If you’re eligible the free early education and childcare:

  • must be with an approved childcare provider
  • starts from the term after your child’s 2nd birthday

By clicking on ‘Check if my child can get the free childcare’ button below, you will be asked a few questions to see if you can get this free childcare. Before going through to the online form, make sure you have your National Insurance number or your National Asylum Support Service number.

If you prefer to talk to someone or if you cannot find your National Insurance number, you can call Ealing’s Family Information Service on 020 8825 5588 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm). Also, if you prefer a different language, you can use the form in your own home language by selecting this from the top right hand side of the screen using Google Translate.

Good for your child

Research shows that children who attend a good quality nursery or other type of formal childcare, from a young age, do better when they start school and throughout their whole education. 

At nursery your child can:

  • Develop self-confidence.
  • Improve their speaking, listening and language skills.
  • Become more excited about learning, meeting new people and mixing with other children.
  • Start learning through play.
  • Get ready for school.

To learn more about how we use your information, please view our privacy notice

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