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Golden Tickets - 2 year funding


What is a Golden Ticket?

Luton Council post Golden Tickets to some eligible families to let them know they qualify for funded childcare for their 2 year old, based on information received from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Non-transferable Golden Tickets include a unique reference number, which parents can take to their chosen childminder, nursery or preschool as proof that they are eligible to receive up to 15 hours funded childcare per week during term time (or fewer hours per week stretched over the whole year).

The date you can claim your funded childcare place will depend on when your child’s second birthday is.

Child’s birthday​

When you can claim​

1 January - 31 March​

​The beginning of term on or after 1 April

​1 April - 31 August

​The beginning of term on or after 1 September

​1 September - 31 December

​The beginning of term on or after 1 January


Parents may still be eligible for funded childcare for their 2 year old even if they did not receive a golden ticket in the post. You can check if you are eligible here.


Where can I use my Golden Ticket?

Golden Tickets can be used at many childminders, nurseries and pre-schools in Luton


A list of childcare providers that offer the funded spaces can be downloaded from this webpage.


How do I use my Golden Ticket?

If you know which childcare provider you would like to use, you can take your golden ticket to them directly. The childcare provider will need to take some additional details from you to check you are entitled to the funding on the computer system.

If the system says you are eligible they can then discuss a start date with you for your child to start.

If the system says you are not eligible they can contact Family Information Service with your unique reference number on your golden ticket and they will help the provider.


Download: Funded Childcare Providers

Who to contact

Contact Position
Family Information Service

Other Details

Last updated 30/10/2023