Parents and carers of children who are about to turn 2, or who are already 2 years old, are being encouraged to find out about a free childcare scheme.

Terrific for Twos gives children of eligible parents up to 15 hours of funded early education per week, either at a participating nursery, pre school, school nursery or childminder.

Children are eligible for 15 hours free under the scheme if their parents or carers receive one of a number of certain benefits, or if they are a looked after child, are adopted, or have a statement of special education needs or an education, health and care plan. For full details of eligibility, please visit Terrific for Twos.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Every year hundreds of families in Wolverhampton benefit from the Terrific for Twos scheme at participating nurseries, schools and childminders.

“Accessing early education gives your child the chance to learn, play and make new friends and the opportunity to develop and master new skills. It also supports them as they prepare for school by helping them to communicate, explore new experiences and be active and healthy.

“I would encourage all eligible parents and carers of 2 year olds, or little ones who are about to turn 2, to take advantage of the Terrific for Twos scheme.”

Eligible parents and carers should have received a Terrific for Twos postcard from the council. This is proof of entitlement and should be presented to a chosen Terrific for Twos childcare provider. To find a local provider, please contact Information for Families on 01902 554242 or email on

Any parents or carers who haven’t received their postcard but think they may be entitled to 15 hours free childcare are asked to please visit Terrific for Twos for full details of eligibility and how to apply.

Please note, applications can only be made in the term the child turns 2, or if they are already 2 years old. Free childcare begins in the term after their second birthday.