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Do you have a 2 year old?

Check if you are eligible for 15 hours free early education for your 2 year old, from the term after their second birthday.


To be eligible you must be getting one or more 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 - if you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax).

Children are also entitled to a place if they meet one or more of the following:

  • They’re looked after by a local council.
  • They have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • They get Disability Living Allowance.
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.

How to apply

Golden Tickets

If you have recieved a golden ticket you are automatically eligible for a 2 year old place. Take this with your accompanying letter to your chosen childcare provision, to book your place.

If you have not received a golden ticket

  1. Check if you are eligible on the Parent Portal on Rochdale Council website
  2. Find a childcare provider
  3. Once you have checked your eligibility and obtained a code from the Parent Portal, take this code to a childcare provider of your choice to access a place.

Who to contact for help

If you have any queries or need help finding a childcare place please contact us.

Early Years Education Funding Team

Tel: 01706 927823


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