Free early education and childcare

Free childcare

Free childcare for two year olds

Your 2-year-old may be eligible for free childcare at nurseries, pre-schools or childminders.

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You may be eligible for free childcare if your 2 Year child has:

  • a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • receives Disability Living Allowance
  • is looked after by the local authority
  • left care through special guardianship, adoption or residence order

Contact: the Family Information Service on 0300 123 5033 to find out if you qualify for any of the above reasons.

How many hours you are entitled to

There are up to 15 hours per week of free childcare in term time only (38 weeks of the year) or up to 11 hours per week if taken over the whole year. This will depend on your preferred childcare providers' opening times and availability.

Free childcare providers

The funded child cared for two years olds can only be taken with childcare providers who are on Cheshire East's approved list.

You have some choice about how and where you take your free childcare place, but this depends on who has vacancies.

How to arrange free childcare

After you have successfully completed your eligibility check, Cheshire East Family Information Service, will send you a confirmation letter with a unique reference code and a list of approved providers in a 2 mile radius of your postcode. To take a place elsewhere in Cheshire East but not on your list contact the Family Information Service on 0300 123 5033 who will provide a list of additional providers.

When your child has a place and you are happy with the placement your child will remain with that childcare provider. They will automatically be transferred over to the funding for three and four year olds, even if your circumstances change, for example you return to work.

2 year old free childcare leaflets

Contact us

Family Information Service
Cheshire East Council

0300 123 5033

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