Missed bin collections

We are aware of an increase in the number of missed collections across the city. We want to reassure you that we are working hard to collect all outstanding collections as quickly as possible. Read more on reporting missed collections

Free childcare for 2 year olds

Parents and carers eligibility checker

Check eligibility and apply for a place


A Government funded 2 year old place is available for families in England, receiving some forms of support.

Eligible 2 year old children will receive;

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, which you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Funded places can be accessed as below;

  • Children born in the period 1 January to 31 March: the start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child’s birthday;
  • Children born in the period 1 April to 31 August: the start of term beginning on or following 1September after the child’s birthday;
  • Children born in the period 1 September to 31 December: the start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child’s birthday.

Children can start a funded place from the first day of term until the below headcount date;

  • Autumn census - first Thursday in October
  • Spring census - third Thursday in January
  • Summer census - third Thursday in May

If a child leaves a funded place before the headcount date or starts after the above headcount date the provider may charge the family for the agreed funded hours.

Read more about childcare funding for 2 year olds on the gov.uk website.

Read more about childcare funding for 2 to 4 year olds on the gov.uk website.

Funded early education information for parents


Provider eligibility checker

Childcare provider eligibility checker

 

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