Check if eligible, apply, what you are entitled to, if your income or circumstances change and accessing free early education within Hull and the East Riding.
If eligible you can have up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare for 38 weeks of the year during school term time (570 hours in total).
Some childcare settings or childminders may be able to stretch the hours over school holidays so you may access fewer hours over more weeks. The hours can be split between two childcare settings or childminders.
Your two-year-old may be able to attend free early education and childcare giving you the chance to do some training or study or take a part-time-job. Or if you just need a few hours a week to spend with your younger children, this could be for you.
For your two-year-old, you can be confident they are receiving quality early education and childcare helping them with their early learning and giving them new experiences with other children.
Currently all three and four-year-olds are entitled to free early education and childcare before they start school. This is now on offer to some two-year-olds. Research shows children who go to a high quality early education and childcare provider make good progress with their language, physical and social development. When the time comes for them to go to school they are better prepared and this advantage stays with them right through school and into adulthood.
Your child is entitled if one of the criteria in the two lists below applies but please be aware that those in the first list will automatically qualify whilst those in the second list, although eligible will still need to submit an application:
If one of the above criteria applies to you, you do not need to apply. You will automatically receive a letter from East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirming your child is entitled with a start date.
If you haven’t received a letter or require further information and advice, contact the FISH team on (01482) 396469 or email email@example.com
If one of this second list applies to you, you are eligible and will need to complete the application (see next question and answer down).
You can apply online:
Completing an online application form
You can also apply by contacting the FISH team on
Telephone: (01482) 396469
or printing and completing a paper application form below
Leaflet and application form - English (pdf 3mb opens in new window)
Leaflet and application form - Latvian (pdf 370kb opens in new window)
Leaflet and application form - Polish (pdf 530kb opens in new window)
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Leaflet and application Form - Portuguese (pdf 572kb opens in new window)
Latvian A4 poster 15 hours free childcare for two-year-olds (pdf 389kb opens in new window)
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Polish A4 poster 15 hours free childcare for two-year-olds (pdf 389kb opens in new window)
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Russian A4 poster 15 hours free childcare for two-year-olds (pdf 389kb opens in new window)
You will receive a letter within 2 weeks confirming whether your child is entitled and with a start date. If you have not heard anything in this time please contact the FISH team on (01482) 396469.
Please keep hold of this letter as you need to take it along to your chosen childcare setting or childminder as proof that your child is eligible. You also need to take your child’s birth certificate to confirm they are the right age to start and proof of your address.
Please note: Only certain childcare settings and childminders who are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted and have been approved by the Local Authority can offer two-year-old funded places. Please contact FISH on (01482) 396469 to help you find a setting near you.
You should apply as early as possible during the term your child turns two.
1 April to 31 August
Once you have received a letter confirming your child is eligible for funding it will not be withdrawn even if your income or circumstances change.
Your child can attend any Ofsted registered day nursery, preschool, some nursery schools, schools, independent schools or childminders which have been judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ following an Ofsted inspection and have been approved by the Local Authority.
Please call FISH on (01482) 396469 or visit the FISH Family Service Directory to search for childcare settings in your area who offer two-year-old places.
FISH directory - search for childcare settings offering Two-year-old Funded Places (external East Riding website)
You can read the latest Ofsted inspection report for the childcare setting you are considering by visiting the Ofsted website
Ofsted Website - find an inspection report ( external website)
There is no guarantee your child will be able to attend the childcare setting of your first choice. If you have not been able to find a place with a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ childcare setting in your area which meets your needs or you want help with finding a childcare setting, please call the FISH team on (01482) 396469.
If you are claiming help towards childcare costs through the childcare element of Working Tax Credit you need to inform HMRC (0345 300 3900) as soon as possible before your child starts as you cannot claim help for free early education and childcare. If you delay informing HMRC you may be paid too much and will have to pay it back. You may also be liable to a penalty of up to £300 if you do not report the change within the time limit of one month. You can still claim the childcare element of Working Tax Credit for any additional childcare you pay for outside of free early education and childcare.
If you would like more information, are unsure how to apply or if you are eligible please do not hesitate to contact FISH on (01482) 396469.
Your child will be entitled to 15 hours free early education for three and four-year-olds from the term after their third birthday until they start school.