Greenwich

Free early learning

Free early learning for two year olds

Free early learning places are available in Royal Greenwich for some two year olds and all three and four year olds. Free early learning for two year olds is known as Together for Twos.

This page is about free early learning for two year olds. Find out more about free early learning for three and four year olds.

Who can get free early learning

If your child is two or will soon be two, he or she may be eligible for a free early learning place in Royal Greenwich.

This depends on certain criteria such as if your child has additional needs or if your family receives any of the following benefits:

  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit (your annual gross income mustn't be over £16,190)
  • Disability Related Working Tax Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Pension Credit Guarantee and Child Tax Credit.

Check if your child is eligible

Contact your local children's centre or the Families Information Service on 020 8921 6921 or fis@royalgreenwich.gov.uk to find out if your child qualifies for a free early learning place.

When your child can start

If your child is eligible, they can get free early learning the term after their second birthday. Use the table below to check when your child is eligible.

When eligible two-year-olds can start free early learning places
Date of birth When they become eligible
Between 1 April and 31 August 1 September following their second birthday
Between 1 September and 31 December 1 January following their second birthday
Between 1 January and 31 March 1 April following their second birthday

How free early learning works

Free early learning places can be used at any of the following:

  • a registered childminder
  • a children's centre
  • a crèche
  • a nursery
  • a pre-school playgroup.

Your local children's centre or the Families Information Service can give you a list of places that your child can attend.

Early learning places are free at the point of delivery so you shouldn't be charged in advance for your place.

Flexible arrangements

You are allocated up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year. You can spread your hours over three days or more, which can help if you're working or studying.

You can also spread the 15 hours across more than one provider if you want.