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Are you entitled?


Your child may be eligible for 15 hours per week of free early education and childcare, if you are receiving one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:


If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

Child’s birthday

      When you can claim

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


For more information or to check if your child is eligible you can contact Doncaster Council on 01302 736000


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