Information and Resources For Eligible 2 Year Olds
We hope this pack of activities will help you to enjoy special time with your 2 year old. You will find 10 ideas for fun things to do together using items that you will already have at home or can buy easily and cheaply.
2 year olds are lively and curious little people as you will already know! They like to explore, often running and climbing to get to new places! They find out about things by touching and handling them. They may be starting to ask lots of questions to make sense of their world. They are learning to share and take turns and to tell you what they want and need. 2 year olds have their own ideas and want to make their own choices. They try new things out and go back to them again and again. In fact, they really want to find out about everything around them and are very busy little learners!
The time you spend playing and talking with your child will give them a head start in their learning. You want the best for your child and you are the most important person in their lives. You can make a big difference to what they achieve now and later on – the sky is the limit!
Did you know your child could be entitled to 2 year old Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE)?
The provision of FEEE enables all eligible 2 year old children to receive 570 hours each year of free childcare. This can be taken for a minimum of 38 weeks, which is equivalent to 15 hours each week, or can be stretched across 51 weeks. Children are entitled to a maximum of 10 hours per day, which may be available between the hours of 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week. Children can access this funding from the term after their 2nd birthday, up until the term after their 3rd birthday, when they will be able to access the FEEE for 3 and 4 year olds.
What are the eligibility criteria for 2 year old FEEE?
They will be eligible if their parent/carer is in receipt of one of the following:
- 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
- tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
Children are also entitled to a place if:
- they’re looked after by a local council
- they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
You can check a child’s eligibility for 2 year old FEEE by contacting the Family Information Service on 0113 247 4386.
Our local nurseries details are linked here