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Free childcare places for two-year-olds

There are hundreds of free early education and childcare places available in Bristol for two-year-olds. Funding is available for two-year-olds to receive up to 15 hours per week of free childcare at a range of early year providers, including Children's Centres, nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups and childminders.


The rising cost of living is affecting a huge number of people across Bristol. With childcare costs also increasing, we want to make sure that families are getting the help and support they need.


If you are a parent or carer of a two-year-old and you receive one of the following benefits, you could be entitled to a free place for your child:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Visit the Bristol City Council website to find out more about the eligibility criteria and to apply online.