Free early learning for 2 year olds

Two year olds from families in receipt of certain benefits and with an income of £16,190 or less per year are eligible for a free early learning place.

If you have a child who is turning 2 years olds between 1st January – 31st March 2018 and you are a family who is or will be on universal credit please note that universal credit eligibility criteria for the two-year-old offer is currently subject to consultation by the Department for Education. If you choose to apply online please be aware your application is subject to a re-check following the outcome of the consultation. This process may change the outcome of your application

Your child will be able to start their free place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday. You can apply in the term of your child's second birthday. If you think you are eligible, please complete the online free early learning form. The details you provide will be used to check your eligibility. In some cases, further details and evidence of income may be required.

For more information or help to complete the form, contact the Early Years Service on 01753 476554. You can also contact the Children’s Centres on 01753 476566.

We have produced a video that talks about free early learning for two year olds and children centres in Slough.

You can apply online and check your child's eligibility here:

or you can download an application form here:

How to use the free early learning place

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be able to look for an early learning place that suits you and your child. Places are available at approved nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres and childminders.

You can discuss the hours your child attends with your chosen early years’ provider. For example, you may choose to use 15 hours a week term-time only or fewer hours a week over a full year.

For help to find a place email, call the Family Information Service on 01753 476589 or the Early Years Service on 01753 476554.