Renfrewshire Council

Free Nursery Places for Two Year Olds

Free nursery places are now available for two year olds who live in Renfrewshire and whose parents get certain benefits.

Children who are eligible will be offered 15 hours and 50 minutes of free nursery care each week. This usually means five mornings or five afternoons a week during the school year, but some flexible places may be available.

Who can get the free nursery places?

Two year-olds will be eligible if their parent or carer gets any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
  • Incapacity or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105*
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420; or, the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)*
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

* Please note that income thresholds may change on an annual basis

When does your child become eligible for a free nursery place?

Children aged two are eligible to take up their funded place from the term after their birthday or from the term after their parents start receiving qualifying benefit:

  • Term 1 - children born March 2015 to August 2015 will be eligible from August 2017.
  • Term 2 - children born September 2015 to December 2015 will be eligible from January 2018.
  • Term 3 - children born January 2016 and February 2016 will be eligible from April 2018.

Once a child becomes eligible to take up their nursery place, they stay entitled to a place even if their parent's circumstances change.

Additionally, free early learning and childcare is available for two-year-olds who are, or have been at any point since their second birthday:

  • Looked after
  • Under a kinship care order
  • Under a guardianship order
Where can I apply for a place

Provision for two-year-olds is available at local authority nursery classes and pre-five centres. If you click on the nursery name in related articles it will take you to a page giving more information about the nursery, such as opening times, the age range of children and where available, the nursery's website.

How to apply

Applications forms are available from Renfrewshire Council nurseries or nurseries which provide early learning and childcare for Renfrewshire Council or you can also download a form from the related documents. You will need to show the nursery proof of your address, your child's date of birth and the benefits you get when you apply.

Contact Renfrewshire Family Information Service for more information.

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