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Here, at Tiny Stars Nursery, we offer free early education places for 2 year olds.  This is known in Kent as the Free for 2 or ‘FF2′ scheme.

The local authority has a duty to provide eligible 2 year olds up to 570 hours of free early education a year over 38 weeks of the year.

A child is eligible if:

  • they come within the criteria used to determine eligibility for Free School Meals
  • their families receive Working Tax Credits and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 per year
  • they have a current statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and care plan
  • they are entitled to Disability Living Allowance
  • they are looked after by a local authority
  • they are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order which specifies with whom the child lives.

Eligible children can start claiming after they turn 2, depending on when their birthday is.

Child’s 2nd birthday When they can claim from
1 January to 31 March the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December the beginning of term on or after 1 January

Kent County Council’s website has more information on how to apply for free early education for 2 year olds.

Click here to check if you are eligible for Free-For-2 Funding

FF2 Scheme Guidance

Information for Parents and Carers, Early Years Providers, Eligible Childminders and Children’s Centres can be found by following the links below:

WE ALSO OFFER 30 HOURS OF FREE FREE CHILDCARE TO ELIGIBLE 3 AND 4 YEAR OLDS.  PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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