Golden Tickets: Funded childcare for eligible 2-year-olds

A Golden Ticket allows you to access Government funded childcare for your 2-year-old, if eligible.

Research shows that children who attend good and outstanding early years settings:

  • do really well with their language, physical and social development

  • settle quickly into school and do well in their new class

Using childcare could:

  • support you to return to work/start a job

  • give you time to do other things

Your 2-year-old is eligible for Government funded childcare if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support 

  • Income based Job seeker's Allowance 

  • Income based Employment and Support Allowance

  • Working Tax Credit and earn £16,190 or less per year

  • Child Tax Credit and earn £16,190 or less per year

  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


If you don't receive any of these benefits, you will still be eligible if your child:

  • is looked after by the local council

  • has left care through special guardianship, adoption or residency order

  • receives a Disability Living Allowance

  • has a current statement of special educational needs

  • has an education, health and care plan

To find out if your 2yr old is eligible for funding please visit