Golden Tickets: Free childcare for eligible 2-year-olds

 

A Golden Ticket allows you to access free childcare for your 2-year-old, if eligible. This could be a place in a nursery, preschool or with a childminder.

We receive information from the Department for Work and Pensions about eligible families and we send those families a Golden Ticket.

A Golden Ticket   Reverse side of a Golden Ticket

Your 2-year-old is eligible for free childcare if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Tax Credits

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual household taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) not over £16,190
  • Working Tax Credits with an annual household taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) not over £16,190
  • The Working Tax Credit 4 weeks run on
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Or if your 2-year-old:

  • attracts Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • is looked after by the Local Authority
  • has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption order or residence order or
  • has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan.

A Golden Ticket is also sent to the carers of 2-year-old children in care and to parents of children with a statement or education, health and care plan.

If you have not received a Golden Ticket but think you may be eligible, you can check your eligibility and apply at www.devon.gov.uk/twoyearoldfunding or call 0345 155 1013.

If you are the parent of an adopted child or a foster child where the child is in the care of another local authority please contact Julie on 01392 385530 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Only those providers that are judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted will be funded to admit 2-year-olds. Occasionally, if there are not enough good or outstanding places in an area, a provider with a ‘requires improvement’ outcome will be funded. You can find out where there are approved providers that take funded 2-year-olds here.