Eligibility criteria for funded places

Two year old children will be eligible for a funded nursery place if their family receives one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Tax credits and you have an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Check your child's eligibility

2 year olds who meet the following criteria are also eligible for a funded place:

  • The child has a current statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan
  • The child has a Disability Living Allowance
  • The child is looked after by their local authority
  • The child has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order
  • Children of Zambrano Carers
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds, with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of privacy/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Initial enquiries about the 2 year old offer should go to:

Southampton Family Information Service

Tel: 023 8083 3014
Email: fis@southampton.gov.uk