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Two year old offer

Eligible 2 year olds can get 15 hours of free childcare a week, for 38 weeks (a maximum entitlement of 570 hours).  Parents can stretch their entitlement over more than 38 weeks by taking fewer hours per week, at participating providers.  Children can take their 2 year old entitlement from the term after their 2nd birthday. 

1st April to 31st August birthday - can take up their funded place in autumn term, which begins in September.  

1st September to 31st December birthday - can take up their funded place in spring term, which begins in January.  

1st January to 31st March birthday - can take up their funded place in summer term, which begins in April.  (Please note that this is the case even if the Easter break falls after 1st April).

Check if you are eligible for the 2 Year Old Offer using the Citizen Portal (see guide to using Citizen Portal in documents below). 

Non- UK citizen who cannot claim benefits 

If your immigration status says you have ‘no recourse to public funds’, you may still get funded childcare for your 2-year-old. You must live in England and your household income must be no more than:

£26,500 for families outside of London with one child
£34,500 for families within London with one child
£30,600 for families outside of London with two or more children
£38,600 for families within London with two or more children

You cannot have more than £16,000 in savings or investments.

If you think you are eligible under these criteria you will have to complete a separate application. Please email with your contact details if you meet the eligibility criteria above.

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30 hours entitlement

Eligible working families with children aged 3 to 4 years are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare a week, for 38 weeks of the year. This is a total of 1,140 free hours a year.

Families apply for the 30 hour entitlement through the Government’s Childcare Choices website.  

Parents must register for the 30 hour offer on the Childcare Choices website the funding period before they want to start taking their 30 hour entitlement.  The deadlines for applying for funding are as follows:

  • Summer term   Deadline for applications is 31st March
  • Autumn term    Deadline for applications is 31st August 
  • Spring               Deadline for applications is 31st December

Watch this step by step video for information on applying for the 30 hours.   Most parents applying for 30 hours free childcare will get an immediate decision on their eligibility. HMRC may require further information to make the decision for some parents. Parents should therefore apply in good time.  

Eligible children can receive the 30 hours from the start of the funding period following their third birthday (click here for more details).  A child is only entitled to start their 30 hours place the term following the child’s third birthday or the term following receipt of a valid 30 hours eligibility code, whichever is later.  Families are no longer entitled to the 30 hours when they start full-time education (i.e. reception year at school).

Parents must renew their code to remain eligible. Children starting a new 30 hours place MUST have an eligible code on the first day of the funding period: 

  • Summer term     1st April 
  • Autumn term      1st September
  • Spring term        1st January

Eligible parents should continue to apply for, and reconfirm, their 30 hours code even if they are not currently accessing their entitlement.  The deadline for summer 2023 funding has now passed.  

If you are a parent who is unable to find suitable childcare, please contact  

Extended 30 hr Entitlement Announced

During the Spring Budget 2023 it was announced that the 30 hour entitlement would be extended to include children over the age of 9
months, with working parents by September 2025, where eligibility will match the existing 3 4 year old 30 hours offer.

This will be introduced in phases, with 15 hours childcare for working parents of 2 year olds coming into effect in April 2024 and 15 hours childcare for working parents of 9 months 3 years old in September 2024.  See the information pack in the documents below for more details.  

Foster Carers

Foster carers can be eligible for the 30 hours entitlement for children in their foster care, providing it is consistent with the child’s care plan and you and your partner (if any) are in paid employment outside your fostering role. You should start by discussing this with your social worker at the earliest opportunity.  Applications must be made the term before you want to access the funded 30 hours (see guidance in documents section below).  For foster parents, who are unhappy about decisions made by the local authority, then the foster parents should seek resolution through their social worker or though the local authority complaints process.

Appeals, compensation claims and complaints to HMRC regarding 30 hours applications

Families can ask HMRC to review their 30 hours application if they disagree with the decision that they are not eligible.  If a parent misses out on a 30 hours place, through no fault of their own, they may be eligible for some monetary redress from HMRC. Please note: the parent must have made their application before the termly deadline; and must have paid out for childcare that they would have otherwise have been entitled to for free (i.e. they must meet all other eligibility requirements, such as the child’s age and earnings threshold). If a parent thinks they meets these conditions they should make a complaint by the completing the standard HMRC complaints form or call the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097.

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Universal 15 Hours (3 & 4 Year olds)

All three and four year olds are entitled to 570 free hours of early education per year, equivalent to 15 hours a week over a minimum of 38 weeks. Children can stretch their entitlement over more than 38 weeks a year.  This means taking fewer hours per week, subject to a maximum of 570 hours during the academic year.  Children can take their 15 hour entitlement the term after their 3rd birthday.   Families should approach their preferred childcare provider directly to arrange their universal 15 hour entitlement.  The deadline for summer term 2023 funding has now passed.       

A child may access their free place through:

  • nursery schools or nursery classes attached to schools
  • playgroups
  • child care day nurseries
  • private/independent schools
  • childminders

Call 0345 2000 109 for a list of local childcare providers.

Three year olds born between dates shown (inclusive) will be eligible the term following their 3rd birthday:

1st April to 31st August.
The start of the autumn term following their 3rd birthday. That is September.

1st September to 31st December.
The start of the spring term following their 3rd birthday. That is January.

1st January to 31st March.
The start of the summer term following their 3rd birthday. That is April. (Please note that this is the case even if the Easter break falls after 1st April).

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Early Years Entitlements - Charges

Government funding is intended to deliver 15 or 30 hours a week of free, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables, additional hours or additional activities. Parents can therefore expect to pay for any meals offered by the provider alongside their free entitlement. Parents can also expect to pay for other consumables or additional activities offered by the provider. However, providers must offer alternative options for parents. All parents should have the same rights to access a free entitlement place, regardless of whether they choose to pay for additional hours of provision, additional activities or meals.

When delivering the funded early years entitlements, providers must not:

  • charge parents “top-up” fees (any difference between a provider’s normal charge to parents and the funding they receive from the local authority to deliver free places); or
  • require parents to pay a registration fee as a condition of taking up their child’s free place.

Where parents choose to purchase additional hours of provision, consumables or additional activities, this is a private matter between the provider and the parent. 

Providers should:

  • ensure that their admissions information is clear and accessible for parents; 
  • have a clear invoicing structures in place for parents;
  • have a written agreement with all parents that take up a free entitlement; and
  • publish a statement of how they deliver the free entitlement and any additional charges for optional activities outside of the entitlement i.e. charges for meals, additional activities, or additional hours.


Childcare sufficiency

This report below considers whether there is sufficient childcare in North Tyneside.

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Tax-free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a Government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs.

Parents will be able to open online childcare accounts to pay their registered childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in to these accounts, the Government will add £2, and the total amount in the account can only be spent on childcare. Parents can receive up to £2,000 in Government support per child, per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

More information is available in the Parent Guide, which can be found in the 30 hour entitlement section.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Support to access the free early education and childcare places is available to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  More information can be found in the Support for Children aged 0-5 Years section of the Local Offer.

Early years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 & 4 year olds.

Complaints About Funded Childcare Offers

If you are not satisfied that your child has received their free place or with any aspect of the way they have received it you can follow the Authority's complaints procedure.


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