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Terrific Twos

KEY WORKERS – please click here for information about childcare providers for children of KEY WORKERS.

What is the Terrific Twos?

The Terrific Twos is up to 570 hours of Funded Early Education and Childcare per year for your child. If  your are eligible your child can access up to 15 hours of Funded Early Education and Childcare with a nursery, preschool, child-minder or school that is registered to offer funded places. Please note that you may have to pay extra for meals, nappies or trips.

Eligibility Criteria

Your 2-year-old can get Funded Early Education and Childcare if you  receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Or 2-year-olds can also get Funded Early Education and Childcare if they:

  • are looked after by a local authority
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

You may also get Funded Early Education and Childcare if you are receiving support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)

A 2-year-old you care for may also get Funded Early Education and Childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have either:

You may also get funding if you are in receipt of s17 support under the Children’s Act 1989 and have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) – Please note that this criteria “only” applies for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

How to Apply


Please ‘only‘ apply from the Term your child is 2 years old


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.


Please ‘only‘ apply from the Term your child is 2 years old

Your child turns 2 between: Eligible from the following:
1st January – 31st March April
1st April – 31st August September
1st September – 31st December January

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

If you are eligible we will include your eligibility code and eligibility date in your email.

If you are Eligible, what next?

If you are eligible, your child can access up to 15 hours funded childcare the term after they turn two for over 38 weeks of the year, term time only.

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.

All Terrific Twos sessions can also include the following which are chargeable such as additional hours, lunches, snack and any extra classes for example yoga or music.  This must be presented clearly to you and agreed prior to your child starting at the setting.

If you are ‘not’ Eligible, and you feel that you maybe eligible, please email: one of the below forms of evidence:

Either: Email us a copy of all pages of your HMRC/Universal Credit evidence for our consideration.

Please note:

  • If you are sending us your Universal Credit statement as evidence, please send us a print out of all pages of your last 3 assessment periods. Remember to  begin with the most recent assessment period following your Terrific Twos application.
  • If you do not have access to a printer and wish to send screen shots, please ensure you scroll down through the statement and send complete screen shots for all assessment periods as we need to see a full breakdown of the Universal Credit award.

Or : Email us evidence if your child meets one of the below criteria:

  • Is looked after by a local council
  • Has a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • Receives Disability Living Allowance
  • Has left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If you do not meet any of the above criteria please take a look at Paying for Childcare.

Home childcarers (nannies/ au pair) 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 parents homes. They are currently not permitted to register on the Early Years Register and cannot therefore receive early education funding

Process to change your Terrific Twos provider:

When signing a contract with a childcare provider, please make yourself aware of the agreement you are signing. You would be required to give ‘one’ month notice to your current provider and agree an end date in writing via email as evidence. Upon receipt of the email, forward it to to include the new provider details and start date which must be after the agreed end date. Failure to give adequate notice may result in you not being able to access your funding elsewhere until your notice period has ended.

Taking up the Terrific Twos (2 year old funding) out of borough:You would need to check your eligibility with the borough you live in. If you are confirmed eligible then you will need to contact a provider in the borough of your choice and liaise directly as you should have received evidence of your eligibility. If you take up the childcare out of borough, please let Informed Families know the name of the setting by email: to include your child’s full name and date of birth.

Transfer from Terrific Twos to the Funded Entitlement (3 & 4 year old Nursery Education Fund NEF) When you take up the Terrific Twos and want to stay with the same provider for the NEF *, you will need to enquire about availability with the provider as you may not automatically be allocated a follow on placement. You do not need to apply to Informed Families for the NEF as all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to funded early education sessions of up to 15 hours, the term after their 3rd birthday.

If you cannot apply online or send a text, as the last option please use the downloadable application which you can find here.

How will you use my data?

Enfield Council stores your personal information securely in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Your provider and the LA is required to retain the information for 7 years for audit purposes in accordance with HMRC and the Department of Education. 

We may need to share your personal details with children’s centres, schools, other services and childcare providers to further support your funding placement. Your information may be shared with other parts of government, other councils and our delivery partners to deliver you services or if required by law. This information may also be shared for monitoring, auditing and evaluation purposes. 

The council will process your personal data in accordance with the data protection law. You have rights in respect of your data including the right to be informed of our uses, the right to access, the right to rectification and erasure, the right to restrict/object to processing and the right not to be subject to automated decision making or profiling. For full details of our privacy policy, please see online at or ask for an accessible copy.

While we make every effort to keep up to date, we cannot provide any guarantees or conditions as to the accuracy of the information on the site and particularly how this relates to every individual’s personal circumstances in relation to funding. 

You have the right to request that we give you a copy of your data. This is called a “Subject Access Request”. You may do this by making an online request. For further information regarding Enfield Data Protection policies and regulations please visit

In the event of a data protection breach, ICO will be notified within 72 hours of the breech taking place. While we make every effort to keep up to date, we cannot provide any guarantees or conditions as to the accuracy of the information on the site and particularly how this relates to every individual’s personal circumstances in relation to funding.

Based on information we receive from the Department for Work and Pensions, we may write to you stating that you are eligible to claim Terrific Twos.