Please call in and ask for a 2 Year application form. The Nursery manager will be able check that you meet the eligibility criteria below from the details you provide on the form. If you are eligible and their are spaces available, then your child will be able to access a free funded place the term after they turn two years old.

Eligibility criteria

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and get any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both), and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

  • are looked after by a local authority
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

If your child is eligible, free early education and childcare:

Two Year funding at Chatham Nursery School

15 Hours FREE childcare for 2yr Olds

If you meet the criteria and your child is eligible for a free 2 year funded place, your child will be able to start the term after their second birthday. The place will be term time only. You will be entitled to 15hrs free childcare this will be offered on either a Monday (6hrs), Tuesday (6hrs) & Wednesday (am 3hrs) or a Wednesday (pm 3hrs) Thursday (6hrs) & Friday (6hrs).

Alternatively, it may be offered over every morning or every afternoon. 8:45-11:45am or 12:30 – 3:30pm.

Places and times are subject to availability, and we will try our best to accommodate your preference. We will discuss this when we call to inform you of your place.

For those attending full days we are asking families to provide a healthy packed lunch for their child each day.

Guidance on a healthy packed lunches will be provided. (Please see the Lunch time for further details)

We are also asking that you please contribute £1.00 a week towards the cost of snack which they will receive each morning and afternoon.