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2-year-old Funding

Thousands of children across Norfolk have a right to funded early education from the age of two. If you receive qualifying benefits, your 2-year-old can access up to 570 hours of funded early education and childcare a year. This is usually taken as 15 hours a week over 38 weeks, from the claim period following their second birthday.

Step 1: Check your eligibility online

Create a Norfolk Education Online (NEO) account. Please note, if you’ve ever applied for a school place for another child, you may already have a NEO account.

To do this visit:

Step 2: Give your chosen childcare provider your unique code

You will need to give us your unique code.

30 Hours Extended Funding

  • For working families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • We will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week (total of 23¼ per week)

Step 1: Register for Government Gateway user ID and Password

  • Step 4
  • Sign in

Step 2: Login to your Childcare Account and Enter Information

Step 3: Give your chosen childcare provider your unique code

You should receive a code starting 500……….., pass this code to the Nursery.  This code needs to be renewed every 3 months and is your responsibility to do this.