From April 2013 the criteria in Wiltshire for allocating up to 15 hours of funding per week for two year olds was brought in line with the criteria used to allocate free school meals.
Who is eligible to be considered for funding?
The government requires that a family must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
All looked after children will be funded (this is the only case where benefits are not applicable).
In addition to this, a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) must be opened and registered if at least one of the following statements applies for the child or it’s family:
- Family open to MARAC or DV1 where concerns persist
- Teenage parents (mother under 18 years of age at point of conception)
- Post-natal depression/clinical depression requiring brief intervention visits
- Has had an initial assessment or an identified need for a planned programme of intensive intervention e.g. a life-threatening or life limiting illness to a child and/or parents, drug and alcohol misuse, parental learning disability, significant developmental delay (child) etc
- Family that continues to struggle with parenting issues following a programme of intervention, e.g. lack of guidance and control, rejection and unrealistic expectations, or who are unable to provide and maintain an adequate environment for their children due to their social/material/health needs
- Families with three or more home addresses in the previous year
- Vulnerability according to multi agency threshold document or professional judgment
Or a family with three or more of the following disadvantage criteria can be considered for funding:
- Family lives in poor quality or overcrowded housing
- Neither parent has any educational qualifications
- Either parent has mental health problems
- At least one parent has longstanding limiting illness, disability or infirmity
- The family cannot afford a number of food and clothing items (DOH 2009)
For a child on a Child Protection Plan or is recognised as a Child In Need, a CAF is not required.
Making an application
Parents are able to self-refer (if they meet the benefit criteria only) by completing the self - refer application form self - refer application form 130kb.
Wiltshire has a small budget to fund some additional children who do not meet the low-income criteria. These applications should come from a children’s centre outreach worker, health visitor or social worker and should be accompanied with a CAF. All applications made via this route will be assessed by a funding panel for eligibility on the following dates.
|Closing date for referrals||Panel date||Funding start date|
|8 November 2013||15 November 2013||January 2014|
|28 February 2014||7 March 2014||April 2014|
When does funding start?
The following age parameters are used to decide when funding starts:
- Child who becomes 2 years old on or before 31 March – funding from 1 April
- Child who becomes 2 years old on or before 31 August – funding from 1 September
- Child who becomes 2 years old on or before 31 December – funding from 1 January
These children will then move automatically on to three year old funding, which is available for a maximum of 15 hours a week.
It is a requirement that all families, receiving this funding, engage with their local children’s centre.
Which childcare providers deliver the funded two year old places?
We fund all childcare providers who currently hold either a good or outstanding Ofsted grading.
To find eligible childcare providers in your locality, please use our online childcare directory. (NB You will need to select ‘2 year old funding’ at the bottom of the search page).
Number of funded places
Currently there is funding for 700 places.
- Funded 2 year olds - child record sheet 97kb Funded 2 year olds - child record sheet
- Progress record for 2 year old funded children 89kb Progress record for 2 year old funded children
- Every Child a Talker (ECAT) child monitoring tool 71kb Every Child a Talker (ECAT) child monitoring tool
Last updated: 18 December 2013