Free childcare for two-year-olds

Free childcare

Do you have a child who is two, or almost two? Then you could qualify for free childcare worth hundreds of pounds.

To find out if you are eligible you can:

  • Complete the online form attached to this page
  • Text * "Child" to 86555 (*texts costs 10p)
  • Or call us from 9am − 5pm, Monday to Friday on 01629 539316 / 539317

It only takes a few minutes to apply and we can provide you with a response straight away.

Derbyshire families with a household income of less than £16,190 a year and receiving Working Tax Credits − or those on certain benefits - are now entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare a week.

You could use a childminder, pre-school or day nursery, and the hours can be flexible.

Families who have adopted or fostered a child and children getting Disability Living Allowance also qualify.

You can find out if you can get free childcare for your two-year-old by filling in the online form below.

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Note: Asterisks (*) indicate required information.

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Details of Parent/ Guardian/ Carer claiming Free Early Years Entitlement

Please enter your details below including your National Insurance Number, date of birth and contact details.

First Child

Please enter your child's name and date of birth.

Second Child

Please enter your child's name and date of birth.

Third Child

Please enter your child's name and date of birth.

Terms and conditions
You will no longer be required to provide documentary verification of benefits received, unless requested to do so. The Council will undertake routine eligibility checks on all current claims throughout the year.

Telecommunications Regulation
Please note, communications may be subject to monitoring and recording only for purposes permitted by the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000 in order to prevent or detect a crime, or investigate or detect the unauthorised use of the service.

Data Protection Act
Personal information that you have provided will be used carefully and may be held on computer systems in the Children and Younger Adults Department. The use of this personal information is covered by registration under data protection legislation. Under the legislation you have the right to obtain a copy of the information that we hold about you. We will share the basic information held on this form with relevant services within the Children and Younger Adults Department of the Local Authority.

By submitting this application form I certify that the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and that I am legally responsible for the children for whom I have claimed. I understand that Derbyshire County Council may verify the information given with Government Departments.

A deliberate false statement may lead to prosecution.

By submitting this application form I consent for you to use the information provided to carry out an on-line eligibility check using the Department for Education's Eligibility Checking System, and contact HMRC, where necessary, to verify my income / benefits.

If you experience any problems with this form please contact and quote form ID: ILF/386/09

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