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Free education for 2 year olds

Some families in Medway can receive free early education for their two-year-old. This can be a place in a pre-school, nursery or with a childminder for up to 15 hours per week.

Who can apply

You'll need to be in receipt of certain benefits or your child will need to meet the criteria to be eligible.

How do I apply

You can check if you’re eligible by applying online. If you require help completing the form, contact your local Children's Centre where a member of staff will be able to assist you. At the end of the online application you will be provided with a code and some information about whether you are eligible or not. If you are eligible the code should be given to the childcare setting where you choose to place your child.  The childcare setting will then submit the code to confirm your child’s eligibility.  

When should I apply

Your child's birthday falls between They can start their place from You can check if they're eligible from
1 January to 31 March The beginning of term on or after 1 April From the beginning of the term when your child turns two.
1 April to 31 August The beginning of term on or after 1 September  
1 September to 31 December The beginning of term on or after 1 January  

Why should I apply

When your child attends a pre-school they will play with other children, and be helped by qualified staff to learn and develop well. They will explore and experiment, and learn to share and socialise – all of which will help them to be ready to start school when they are older.