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Free childcare for two year olds

Published Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Enfield Council is keen to hear from parents of children aged two who would benefit from free childcare for up to 15 hours a week.

This national scheme is for families on very low incomes who may be eligible for a free place. Established centres and nurseries prepare children for school and enabling parents the time to look for work or improve their skills.

To qualify, parents must be in receipt of one of a number of state benefits or be in receipt of working tax credits with an income below £16,190.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, said: “We are promoting this government backed scheme widely since we do not want anyone who is eligible to miss out on valuable childcare places.

“There are over 1,000 places still available at day nurseries, pre- schools, children’s centres and child-minders across the borough. Children will derive huge benefits from the stimulation of play and learning with other children.

“All early years’ provision is inspected by Ofsted to ensure they maintain high standards. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible for a free place to contact the council for more information.”

Parents who wish to be considered for a free early years place for their two year olds should apply here

The council’s team will then work with children’s centres and parents to make sure they have found a suitable childcare place. Funding is only provided to childcare providers who are part of Enfield’s Terrific Twos’ programme.

Eligibility Criteria for free childcare for two year olds

Along with a National Insurance number (NI) or National Asylum Support Service number (NASS) parents must be in receipt of ONE of the following types of support:

• Working Tax Credit – but with an income below *£16,190 - joint income if you co-habit

• Income Support

• Income Based Jobseekers Allowance

• Employment and Support Allowance (IR)

• Assisted as an Asylum Seeker under part VI of the Immigration Act 1999

• Child Tax Credit only, and have an annual income of less than £16,190 (this figure is updated each year from 6th April) - joint income if you co-habit

• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
*HMRC form TC602 will indicate your total family income
Families with a two year old may also be eligible if they meet any of the other following criteria:

• If the child receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or if they have a current statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) or an Education,
Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

• If the child is ‘looked after’ by the Council. The Terrific Twos Team will need to confirm with the Looked After Children Team (LAC) if an early learning placement is appropriate for the child at this stage.

• If the child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order.

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