Childcare Funding

Funded early education for two year olds

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

Find out if you can get free childcare for your two year old.

Two year old funding

We are committed to promoting high standards of childcare that meet the needs of parents and children in North Lincolnshire.

Your child may be entitled to 15 hours a week funded childcare from the term following their second birthday. This will be for at least 38 weeks a year.

To find out if you are eligible visit the two year old funding criteria on Gov.UK.

You can apply during the term that your child turns two years of age by:

  • apply online below
  • visiting a local childcare provider or local children’s centre who will be able to complete an application on your behalf
  • calling the Family Information Service on 01724 296629

Apply for two year old funding

When your child can have a funded place

Finding a childcare provider for your child

The benefits of early years childcare

Contact

fis@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296629

Funded early education for three and four year olds

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

Find out about free childcare for three to four year olds.

Temporary changes due to Covid 19

Temporary changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for tax free childcare and 30 hours free childcare during the pandemic. The changes may affect parents and carers if they or someone they live with are:

  • on furlough
  • not able to work or you are working less
  • self-employed
  • a critical worker

More information can be found on free childcare during coronavirus on Gov.UK.

15 hours funded childcare

All three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded early education for 38 weeks of the year. Children are eligible the school term after their third birthday (autumn, spring and summer terms).

The entitlement provides a valuable educational opportunity for children, encouraged by a carer to learn through play. They will have fun in a safe and nurturing environment whilst making friends and preparing for school.

To access the universal 15 hours of early education funding contact your child’s existing carer or contact the Family Information Service to find out details of your local childcare providers on 01724 296629.

30 hours funded childcare

Working families may also be eligible for an additional 15 hours per week of funded childcare – a total of 30 hours funded childcare.

To find out if you are eligible visit the Childcare Choices website. Take a look at our guidance on applying and creating an account.

Childcare Choices have produced a Top things for parents toolkit  to support you with applying for 30 hours childcare and tax free childcare.

Childcare Choices logo

When your child can have a funded place

Guidance on applying and creating an account

Splitting funding between providers

Additional charges

Get extra funding for your early years provider

Disability Access Fund

Contact

fis@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 296629

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