Early Education

Early Education is available for children aged 2, 3 & 4 year olds. However, whilst all 3 & 4 year olds can access up to 15 funded hours a week of Early Education and Childcare; to receive the 2 year old funding (Terrific Twos) and the 30 hour funding for 3 & 4 year olds, parents/carers must meet the eligibility criteria.

All 3, 4 year olds in England, are eligible to be at a childcare setting such as a childminder, nursery, preschool or school nursery the term after their 3rd birthday through the Funded Entitlement or Universal Entitlement previously known as Nursery Education Funding.

3, 4 year olds of working families, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria in addition to the Universal Entitlement can receive up to 15 extra funded hours a week, bringing the total up to 30 hours of Early Education and Childcare a week. This is also called 30 hour funding and working families of 3, 4 year olds can check their eligibility and apply for a 30 hour code via www.childcarechoices.gov.uk anytime from when the child is 2 years and 9 months old.

Parents/carers of 2 year olds, if eligible can apply for a Terrific Twos funded place, which is up to 15 hours a week of Funded Early Education and Childcare with a nursery, preschool, childminder or school that is registered to offer funded places. The term a child turns 2 years old, parents/carers can check their eligibility and apply for Terrific Twos place by texting TERRIFIC to 81025, visiting www.enfield.gov.uk/if or by calling 0800 694 1066

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