Early Learning & Childcare for 2 Year Olds
Applications to apply for 2 year old provision are available using the Application for an Early Learning and Childcare place for a 2 year old online form.
Your child may be eligible for 600 hours of this provision from the start of the first term after their 2nd birthday, if you are the child's parent/carer and you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit listed below or you are a kinship carer or parent appointed guardian through section 7 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 :-
Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
Employment Support Allowance (income based)
Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
Child Tax Credit (CTC) but not Working Tax Credit (WTC) and your income is below £16,105
Both maximum CTC and WTC with income less than £6,420
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Universal Credit - monthly 'Take-home pay' does not exceed £610
You can submit a form from your child's 2nd birthday; however the proof of benefit must show you are in receipt of that benefit on the 1st day of the term after your child's 2nd birthday. If the documentation you have provided does not meet this criterion, Pupil Placement will inform you of this by letter/e-mail. Please read any letter/e-mail issued thoroughly as you may just be required to have the DWP form completed again as it has been stamped too early. [Please note if you are in receipt of Universal Credit the screen shots must include the screen that states your 'Take Home Pay for that period is ???', this is the term used by Universal Credit for your earnings from self-employment or an employer]
Once you have provided correct documentation and it has been determined your child qualifies for this provision, you will be offered a place dependent on availability. This could be at a Council establishment or a playgroup or a childminder.