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
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit or Working tax credit with an annual gross income into the household that is no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week
  • Receive Working Tax credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year

This can be checked using the online financial eligibility checker.

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

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

Southampton Family Information Service
0800 169 8833