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Terrific Twos

What is the Terrific Twos?

The Terrific Two funding is up to 570 hours of Funded Early Education and Childcare per year for your child. This is up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year, term time only.

If you are eligible your child can access Funded Early Education and Childcare with any nursery, preschool, child-minder or school nursery that is registered to offer funded places. Funding commences the term after your child turns 2 years old.

Please note: Terrific Twos sessions may include lunches, snacks, trips or extra classes, for example yoga or music, all of which will be chargeable. You may also want your child to attend for additional hours which will also be chargeable at the providers’ normal hourly rate. These additional costs must be presented clearly to you and agreed prior to your child starting at the setting.

Please be aware that if your child is attending a school nursery (including academies) the nursery will be claiming the Terrific Two’s Funded Hours.

Home Childcarers (Nannies / Au Pairs) are exempt from the requirement to register under the Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008 if they provide childcare for no more than two families in the parent’s homes. They are currently not permitted to register on the Early Years Register and cannot therefore receive early education funding.

Find out about the Eligibility Criteria

I think I may be eligible, how do I apply?

Important: Please only apply during the term your child turns 2 years old using the below table as a guide:

A child turns 2 between Funded place from
1st  September to 31st  December Start of January (Spring Term)
1st  January to 31st  March Start of April (Summer Term)
1st  April to 31st  August Start of September (Autumn Term)

To apply please click on the link below.  Please only apply to Enfield if you live in the London Borough of Enfield.  If you do not live in Enfield, please apply to the local authority you pay your council tax to.


Text the word TERRIFIC to 81025 – We will send you a text back asking for all the information you will need for the application to be processed.

If you cannot apply online or send a text, as the last option please use the downloadable application

Once we have processed your application, we will be in touch with you via email or text within 5 working days with the result of your application.

The funding will commence at the start of the term after your child turns 2 years old or on the day your application is processed, whichever is latest. Funding will not be backdated.

Find out how we will use your data

I am eligible for the funding, what do I do next?

You will need to contact your chosen childcare provider and request a space.  Please inform them that you are eligible for the funding and would like to claim it with them.  You will need to provide them with the email confirmation of your eligibility that includes your unique reference number.

If you need help finding a provider please use the Family Information Directory below.

I have been told I am not eligible for the Terrific Twos funding but I believe this may be incorrect, what can I do?

If your application result has come back as not eligible but you have evidence of meeting the criteria required please email the evidence along with your full name and address to Your application will be reassessed based on this evidence.  Below is a list of the type of evidence required:

  • Universal Credit statements: please send us all pages of your last 3 assessment periods, we will need to see a full breakdown of the Universal Credit award. Remember to begin with the most recent assessment period following your Terrific Twos application.
  • An official letter that shows that the child is looked after by a local council
  • An official document that shows your child has a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • The Disability Living Allowance statement for your child
  • An official document that proves your child has left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
  • Any official paperwork you may have relating to the eligibility criteria you believe you meet.

I have applied for Terrific Two funding from another local authority but would like my child to attend a provider in Enfield, is this possible?

Yes, please provide your chosen setting with the evidence (email or letter) of your eligibility from the other authority.  This will be forwarded to the Enfield team as proof of eligibility.

I have applied for Terrific Two funding from Enfield but would like my child to attend a provider in another borough, is this possible?

Please contact the borough involved and confirm if they will accept your eligibility from Enfield. If you place your child in a setting in another borough please let the Informed Families team know by emailing with your full name and address and your child’s name and choice of setting.

I would like to change my childcare provider, how do I do this?

You will need to ensure that you give your current childcare provider the contracted amount of notice before your child takes up provision at a new setting.  Please check your contract with regard to the notice period required.

Failure to give adequate notice may result in you not being able to access your funding elsewhere until your notice period has ended.

Once you have agreed an end date in writing with your current provider you will be able to agree a start date at the new setting, this must be after the agreed end date at the current setting.

My Terrific Twos funding is coming to an end, what happens next?

All children are entitled to up to 15 hours per week of funded early education from the term after their 3rd birthday.  You will not need to apply for this funding, the setting will automatically claim this for you.  If you wish to stay with the same provider you will need to enquire about availability with the provider as you may not automatically be allocated a follow on placement.

30hr funding is available the term after a child turns 3 years old, however there is an eligibility criteria for this funding.  For further information on this please see the 30hr funding page.

What is the Government Expectation?

Enfield will only fund 2 year old children in “Requires Improvement (3)” provision, where there is insufficient, accessible “Good” or “Outstanding” provision in the local area. In order to ascertain this, we will carry out a childcare sufficiency assessment of the local provision before agreeing to fund any eligible two-years-olds at the provision.