Free childcare for 2 year olds

A Government funded 2 year old place is available for families in England, receiving some forms of support. Once eligibility is confirmed eligibility will remain until school age even if a families circumstances change.

Eligible 2 year old children will receive;

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • A total of 570 hours per year, which you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Funded places can be accessed as below;

  • Children born in the period 1 January to 31 March: the start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child’s birthday;

  • Children born in the period 1 April to 31 August: the start of term beginning on or following 1September after the child’s birthday;

  • Children born in the period 1 September to 31 December: the start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child’s birthday.

Children can start a funded place from the first day of term until the below headcount date;

  • Autumn census - first Thursday in October

  • Spring census - third Thursday in January

  • Summer census - third Thursday in May

If a child leaves a funded place before the headcount date or starts after the above headcount date the provider may charge the family for the agreed funded hours.

Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax

  • tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax

  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council

  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan

  • they get Disability Living Allowance

  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

  • Children of Zambrano Carers

  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on the grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights;

  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’).

Free milk for every child


All child in our nursery get free milk at snack and lunch time.

Drinking school milk fits into a healthy lifestyle and is one of the best ways to rehydrate after an active playtime. School milk contains essential nutrients including calcium, protein and vitamins to help children grow healthy and strong.

if you want to know more information, talk to your child's key worker.

Parents Evening

We hold termly parents evening for parents to attend the nursery and find out from the child's key worker how their child is developing and progressing. Each child gets a written report on what they have been learning and targets for the next term.

Children's Performances

Towards the end of every term our nursery children take part in a performance. Which they present to parents.


Rainbow Day Nursery welcomes children who may have a specific medical condition, developmental delay or special educational needs. On a day to day basis key workers monitor and assess the needs and progress of children with special needs. The SENCO and Key workers liaise with parents and, where necessary, professional agencies such as, therapists, health visitors, psychologists, social workers and paediatricians in order to plan and develop IEP’s (Individual educational plan) to meet the child’s specific needs. Activities are adapted to suit the requirements of the special needs child and to encourage them to develop independence and confidence. We are legally obliged to pass the child’s assessment records to their school unless a written request from the parents not to do so is received.

The aims of this policy are:

  • To create an environment that meets the Special Educational Needs of each child;

  • To ensure the Special Educational Needs of children are identified, assessed and provided for;

  • To make clear the expectations of all partners in the process;

  • To identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for children’s Special Educational Needs;

  • To enable all children to have full access to all elements of the nursery’s curriculum;

  • To ensure that parents are able to play their part in supporting their child’s education;

  • To ensure that our children have a voice in this process.

Rainbow Day Nursery has 2 setting Senco's, Sonya Ahmed (Nursery Manager) & Shamaila Ali (Deputy Manager) 

Parent's Comments

Zakir's Mum 

Christmas Play & Grotto

"We've really enjoyed Rainbow Day Nursery Xmas play and event. Everything was well organised and done. Very impressed with the presentation, such as stage & decoration. Thank you Santa for Zakir's presents. Well done ladies. xx

Inayah K's Mum 


"Really happy with my child's progress and how far they have come, also the how the teachers have the 1-1 with the children. Good reports for my daughter and son." 

Deen's Mum

Parents Evening- "I am satisfied with the help Deen is receiving to help his development and staff are very good at providing advice." 


"Very well prepared excellent performance and most rewarding staff. Excellent!"

Zunairah's Mum 

Parent's Evening

"Very happy with the way everything was explained and happy with the way Zunairah is looked after and taught. Thank you. 

Shae's Nan


Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game. And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start nursery/school.
We understand that due to the coronavirus outbreak, you and your children are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of these simple, fun activities.

Fun activities that you can add to your routine:
⦁    You could make a photo⦁  -book of funny, or memorable, family events and talk about it with your child.


⦁    Sing songs together that encourage your child to use their imagination. For example, try singing

⦁    The Wheels on the Bus and ask your child to suggest other things on the bus and describe what sound they              make.

  • Read picture books together. Talk about the things they can see and how we use them, for example 'A bed is something we sleep in.'

  • Use books to talk about your own experiences, and theirs, giving them time to respond. 'Oh look, there is a cow what sound does it make?'

  • When you're sharing a book with your child, sit close together or build a den to sit in. 


⦁   Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day – for example, ‘We spoke to Grandma on the phone this morning, didn’t we?’ And talk about what is going to happen next – ‘After lunch we’ll do the washing up’.

⦁    Put on some music and play ‘musical statues. Dance together then stop the music – see who the first person will be to stand still.


⦁    Try sharing familiar books at bedtime. Pause when reading so that your child can join in. Talk about the sounds at the beginning of words and words that start with the same sound (like words beginning with P).

⦁    Encourage your child to recall what has happened in the story. For example, ‘Why is bear feeling sad?’ Ask them to guess what might happen – ‘What should they do next?’ – or how the story might end – ‘Do you think they’re going to find the treasure? Where could it be?’

⦁    Try role-playing games together such as shopping. Set items out on the sofa, give your child a bag and some pretend money. Then switch roles and let them be the shopkeeper.

⦁    Play teddy bears’ picnic. Put soft toys in a circle and give your child a few cups and spoons. Give your child a chance to tell you what to do like, ‘Stir teddy’s tea.’  You could chat to them as you are doing actions, for example, ‘let us cut the cake in half’.

⦁    Start conversations by using open questions with lots of possible answers, for example, ‘What are you going to play with today?’


⦁    Plan a treasure hunt game, where your child must listen to your instructions to find a clue or an object. For example, ‘Try looking behind the sofa’. Help your child look for a specific number of objects and count them together – such as 3 cups, 2 pink socks, 5 pens.

⦁    Help your child make a puppet show about their favourite story using objects around the house.

⦁    Play sorting games together. Collect a range of different household objects and practise sorting them into different groups, perhaps by size or colour. Once you have finished, count all the objects in each group.


We know that phones or tablets are part of many families’ everyday lives and kids love to use them, but it’s not always easy to know which apps and games can benefit your child’s learning.

Try out these apps alongside the activities listed above: 

CBeebies Storytime

CBeebies Storytime is filled with free interactive story books and bedtime stories

for young children and is a great way to enjoy reading with your little one. The

library is always growing, with amazing stories featuring all the CBeebies’


Age: 0-5

Platform: Apple, Android, Amazon. 

CBeebies Playtime Island

CBeebies Playtime Island contains a wide range of fun and educational

games to help children understand the world around them and support the

development of core skills. Children can play along with all of CBeebies’ most

popular characters.

Age: 0-5

Platform: Apple, Android, Amazon

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