Families Information Service


Free early education for 2 year olds

You can check if your child is eligible by clicking here

There are some free childcare places for 2 year olds in Rotherham, you're child may be entitled to a free place if you 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 State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not eligible for Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Children are also eligible if they are looked after by the council.

From April 2014 you may also claim a free place if:

  • You get Working Tax Credits and earn no more that £16,190 a year as a household
  • Your child has a current statement of special educational needs or a education, health and care plan.
  • Your child gets Disability Living Allowance
  • Your child has left care through special guardianship or adoption or a residency order

You can apply for a free place by:

  • Contacting the Families Information Service on freephone 0800 0730230, we can check your eligibility over the phone and give you details of providers where you can take up your free place, or
  • Clicking here to apply online

A child born in…

Can access their free place from…..

1st April to 31st August

Autumn school term (September)

1st September to 31st December

Spring school term (January)

1st January to 31st March

Summer school term (April)



Early Education - What Choices Do I have?

This guide explains how and where your child can take up their funded early education place, what information may help you decide where your child will take up their place and how to make a complaint if you are not offered a choice

Early Education - What Choices Do I have? (63.6K, .PDF)

Free childcare for 2 year olds

Find out more about free early education places for 2 year olds in this booklet

Free childcare for 2 year olds (667.0K, .PDF)


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