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Free 15 hours for eligible 2 year olds


What is on offer for 2 year olds?

The government pays for eligible families to have up to 15 hours of free education and childcare every week in school term time. We provide these as either:

  • 5 x 3-hour morning sessions, 9am to 12 noon, or
  • 5 x 3-hour afternoon sessions, 1pm to 4pm

We don't offer more than 3 hours each day to 2-year-olds.

Who is eligible?

Your child can enjoy free early learning if your family gets particular benefits, or if your child has special educational needs, a disability, is adopted or has been in care.

How do I know if we are eligible?

To find out if you are eligible and apply for your eligibility confirmation and voucher code, please follow this link/scan the QR code and open an account:

Free Early Education for two year olds | London Borough of Waltham Forest

Finance-based place

To apply for a place based on your earnings you will need:

  • your date of birth
  • your child’s date of birth and either
  • your National Insurance (NI) number or
  • your National Asylum Support Service (NASS) number.

If you are eligible the Waltham Forest website will email you your eligibility confirmation and voucher code.

Non-finance-based place

To apply for a non-financial place, e.g. if your child has an EHC plan, or DLA you will be able to upload documents.

If you are eligible, the Early Years Childcare Team will contact you with your eligibility confirmation and voucher code.

You can also call 020 8496 3566 if you think you are entitled because of your family circumstances, child’s needs, or if you need some help to apply.

Paid for places

From time to time, if we have not filled our FEEE places, we are able to offer paid-for 15 hour places to 2-year-olds who are not eligible for the free 15 hours. If this is you, please fill in the Application form and choose 'Paid for 15 hours for 2-year-olds if space is available'.

Please note, we offer these as: 

  • 5 x 3-hour morning sessions, 9am to 12 noon, or
  • 5 x 3-hour afternoon sessions, 1pm to 4pm

We don't offer additional hours to 2-year-olds.

How do I put my child on the waiting list?

If you might want to send your child to one of our schools, please:

  1. fill out our Application form
  2. select ‘Church Hill’ or ‘Low Hall’
  3. fill in the rest of the form and submit it. You must answer questions with a '*'.

This adds your child to our Waiting List.

When can my 2 year old start nursery?

Eligible 2-year-olds can start their free 15 hours from the 1 January, 1 April or 1 September after their 2nd birthday and as soon as we have a place. We cannot take a child before they are 2.

When do I find out if we have a place?

We contact you straight away if a place is available; if not, we contact you when a place comes up to find out:

  • if you still want a place at the school
  • if you prefer a morning or an afternoon place (if both are available).

If you say 'yes' to a place, we will arrange for you and your child to start the Admissions process and settling in

Parents who are studying or working

It is our firm belief that children who attend school every day benefit in many ways, however if you have an opportunity to study or work that means you need a different pattern, please talk to Helen Currie, our Executive Head Teacher as soon as possible.