Funded Early Play For 2 Year Old's

We are eligible providers of the funded early learning and play for 2 year old's, so why not give your child the best start in life with a funded early learning and play place. Some 2 year old's can get 15 hours of funded learning and play a week during term time (from the beginning of the term after their second birthday).

Can My 2 Year Old Get A Funded Place?

To Get a funded place your family must receive one or more of the following;

  • Income Support

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided that you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)

  • Children can also have a free place if they are cared for by the Local Authority

  • Their families receive Working Tax credits and have a gross annual income of no more than £16,190 per year

  • The child attracts Disability Living allowance

The child:

  • Has a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health, and Care Plan

  • Is Looked After by the Local Authority

  • Has Left care via adoption

  • Has Left care via Special Guardianship Order

  • Has Left care via Residence order

How Do I Apply For A Funded Place?

  • Visit (This link will open in a new window)

  • Call into Pre School and we can do an assisted application on your behalf

  • Ring 0114 273 4567

  • Apply online, you will need an e-mail address to register firstly, please visit:

       Sheffield City Council Website then towards bottom of the page click link for Check Eligibility and Apply Online

  • Drop into first point Howden House, Union Street (close to the Peace Gardens) between 8:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday.

  • Once your eligibility is approved you will receive confirmation from Sheffield City Council, this will then need to be produced to Intake Pre School.

  • If you think you may qualify for a free early play place for your 2 year old, please still register your interest for your child as soon as possible by contacting us and placing your child's name on our waiting list.

When Should I Apply For A Funded Place?

A child who will turn 2 years old between:  1st April to 31st August - can apply from 1st April - Able to start their funded place September on wards

A child who will turn 2 years old between: 1st September to 31st December - can apply from 1st September  - Able to start their funded place January on wards

A child who will turn 2 years old between: 1st January to 31st March - can apply from 1st January - Able to start their free place April on wards

The following information explains what your child can have and what your responsibilities are as a parent/carer.

What your child can have

  • Your child can have up to 570 hours of funded early learning per year from the date they become eligible;

  • They can have up to 15 hours per week over 38 weeks per year until they start school;

  • Your child can attend up to 2 providers, however no more than 15 hours can be claimed between the 2 providers per week. You should inform both your other provider and us about attendance, to ensure we can make accurate claims.

Accessing the funding

  • We do not have to offer you the full 15 hours, this may be the case if we are operating to near full capacity;

  • We are only open selected hours and offer 38 weeks per year childcare, with 38 weeks a year being the maximum claim for any provider operating term time;

  • You do not have to use your full 15 hours unless you want to, and we cannot make this a requirement.

Fees and charges

If you are only accessing the funded 15 hours then you will not be asked to pay for anything as a compulsory addition. This includes:

  • Registration fees;

  • Meals;

  • Any additional hours of childcare (or other services) cannot be a condition of accessing your place

  • Access to a healthy snack per session provided by pre school attracts a 20p charge per session, you may provide a healthy snack from home as an option.

We can charge you for any additional time in the day or weeks in the year that you choose for your child to attend. If so, you will receive a bill. This will make it clear what you have been charged so you can easily see your funded hours