2 Year Olds 

Since April 2013 over one thousand two year old children living in Poole have received early education in good quality settings.

The Free Early Education for 2 Year Olds Scheme is now being expanded to include new criteria, making it available to more families.

Please ask Staff if you require more information



  • Currently all families who meet at least one of the criteria listed below are entitled to 15 hours free early education for their two year old child.

  • 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 1999

  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit calculated on an annual income not over £16,190

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Children who receive Disability Living Allowance

  • Children Looked After by the Local Authority

  • Children who have left care through special guardianship (fostered), or through adoption or residence order

  • Children who have a current Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan.  

​I'm Eligible How Do I Apply?


  • You can Apply online

  • Download the Application Form at the bottom of this page and post it to the Family Information Service or

  • Visit the Welcome Desk, above the Central Library in the Dolphin Centre.

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