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15 h funded Childcare for 2 years old

Some two-year-olds in England are entitled to free early education and childcare and Les Happy Frogs can provide Funded places as we are ratted good by Ofsted and I was accredited Leading Childminder by North Yorkshire Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership in 2010.

To be eligible for a free two-year-old place, you must receive one of the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit and have a joint annual income not over £16,190
  • Working Tax Credits and have a joint annual income of no more than £16,190
  • The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credits
  • Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Your two year old child receives Disability Living Allowance

Children looked after by a local council, such as with foster carers, are also entitled to a free two-year-old place. Children are also eligible if they've been adopted from local authority care or if they have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or Residence Order.

Please note, even if you have been confirmed as eligible for two year old funding by another local authority, you must still apply for funding with North Yorkshire if you would like to send your child to a North Yorkshire childcare provider.

Use the Electronic checking service  to check if your child is eligible.

If you have any queries, please contact the families information service on 01609 533483 or email

If your child is eligible, you can take up their place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

Contact your local children's centre for more information.

If you require additional hours of childcare over and above the free 15 hours you will be able to discuss the charges for this with me, my fees described in my page "Price" and absolutely everything is included in my fee and all admission procedure, French Classes, outings, activities and food are included in my fees for eligible 2 years old children..

        2. Funded 2 years old children "Admission" fee and procedure is as follow:

Use the Electronic checking service  to check if your child is eligible.
A first telephone meeting  & we speak about your child, your childcare needs and what I can offer to you. We discuss hours/sessions that can be taken as free provision and extra costs. 

The pattern of funded hours are 9:15 till 11:45 and 12:15 till 14:45 (2 times 2.5hours per day)

If you think you may want a "Funded" place you get a appointment where you come with your child.
& I send you by email the "Admission pack":
  1. Child information form and
  2. Child permission form.
If you need me to print the "Admission pack" I charge £2

Before the end of the 1st appointment you may request the "
Parental agreement" £5 printed if you want to book the place:
  1. Parental agreement (Because of it's complexity, it may take up to 25 hours to process the parental agreement)
When you want to reserve a place you book a settling-in session and pay £50 refundable Deposit to secure funded place : The deposit will be refunded to parents on headcount week if your child is still with us that week, you will be informed when you book your child of headcount week date (For children starting 1st April, headcount is 26th May). (The purpose of the deposit is to give providers certainty that a parent will take up the place. Local authorities should work with providers to determine a reasonable timescale for refunding deposits to parents. Local authorities and providers make clear to parents that if a parent fails to take up their place, the provider is not obliged to refund the deposit.)

The settling-in session can be booked shortly ahead of the start of the funded hours for £5 or if not possible on the first day your child comes for his funded session he comes for 1 hour only (no cost). (If your child has been with me for more than 2 months when he reaches the age to get funded funding the fee structure for "Admission" above doesn't apply, it's free but refundable deposit applies).

Parents of Funded Children can provide their own food and drink or pay in advance per term £1 per breakfast, £2 per lunch and £1 for afternoon snack. Of course Milk and Water are provided free of charge to all.

I spend at least 2 days per year training and the 6.5 hours I spend training will be deducted from your allocated number of Funded hours in summer term and Autumn term.

The Early Years Funding (unlike childcare paid by the parents) does not cover food. 

When your child qualifies for a free place

The table below shows when your child will become eligible for their free early learning place.

If your child is born between:

They are eligible for a free place from:

1 April and 31 August

1 September following their third birthday or the beginning of the autumn* school term

1 September and 31 December

1 January following their third birthday or the beginning of the spring* school term

1 January and 31 March

 1 April following their third birthday or the beginning of the summer* school term

* Based on a three-term school year

        4. Example of how flexible I could be for the 2 years old funded hours:

A child is taking 10 hours of their universal funded hours per week at a provider who

is open for less than the funded 12.67 weeks, e.g. an independent school open for

10 weeks (Provider 1). They wish to claim another 10 hours (5 universal and 5

extended) at another provider (Provider 2) – provider 2 could operate term time only

or all year round. They want to use the remaining funding for holiday care (Holiday

Provider) – holiday care could be taken at provider 2 if they operate all year round.

Provider 1: 10 hours × 10 weeks = 100 universal termly funded hours – for child

Provider 1: 10 hours funding –to claim on universal headcount

Provider 2: 10 hours (5 universal and 5 extended) × 12.67 weeks = 127 – for child

Provider 2: 5 hours funding –to claim on universal headcount

Provider 2: 5 hours funding –to claim on extended entitlement headcount

Holiday Provider: 100 (termly funded hours used at provider 1) + 127 (termly funded

hours used at provider 2) = 227 (total funded hours already used by child)

Holiday Provider: 380 (total termly funded hours entitlement) – 227 (total funded

hours already used by child) = 153 – for child

The Holiday Provider will claim the funded hours on an after headcount adjustment,

due to the child not attending on headcount week. If this is taken with provider 2, the

holiday element must still be recorded as an after headcount adjustment – further

guidance to follow.

Extra financial help

The free entitlement may not cover your family’s needs because of things like work commitments. If this is the case you may be able to get financial help with the costs of extra childcare.

Updated 19 June 2017