Enfield Early Years Service

Childcare Offers, Careers in Childcare

We are the Early Years Service from the London Borough of Enfield. We are on Sophia’s diary to promote the childcare options available to parents within the borough such as Terrific Twos, Free Entitlement, 30 Hours, Tax Free Childcare as well as career options – becoming a child minder or having a career in the early years provisions.

30 Hours

You can apply for when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old (9 months). You will need to have your details (and your partner’s, if you have one) including your National Insurance number or Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed to hand when applying. You’ll find out if you’re eligible as part of your application.

The funding starts either the term AFTER your child turns 3 OR the term after you apply, whichever is later.

Child’s Turns 3 between;

Apply Before

Eligible From

1st January – 31st March 31st March 1st April
1st April – 31st August 31st August 1st September
1st September – 31st December 31st December 1st January

Click Here to Apply https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Terrific Two’s

The Terrific Twos is up to 570 hours of funded education per year for your child.

Eligibility Criteria: You may be eligible for a place if you are in receipt of ONE of the following types of support:

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)


they’re looked after by a local council
they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
they get Disability Living Allowance
they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

How to Apply


Please ‘only‘ apply from the Term ‘before‘ 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.

You can also apply online:   https://parentportal.enfield.gov.uk/enrol/website/

Please only apply by one method.

Free Entitlement

The Free Entitlement (previously Nursery Education Funding) allows 3 and 4 year old children to access up to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare with a nursery, preschool or child-minder that is registered to offer funded places.

Key Points:

• Every eligible 3 and 4 year old is entitled to early education sessions of up to 15 hours, the term after their 3rd birthday:

Child’s Turns 3 between; Eligible From:
1st January – 31st March 1st April
1st April – 31st August 1st September
1st September – 31st December 1st January

You can access this funded place at a number of private day nurseries, pre schools, child-minders and school nurseries.

Your child is entitled to up to 15 hours over 38 weeks of the year (subject to provider availability.)

Please Note

• All Free Entitlement sessions must be free to parents at the point of delivery and there should be no conditions attached to a funded place. Any fees, for such as additional hours, lunches, additional activity sessions (yoga bunnies, football coaching) must be presented clearly to you and agreed, prior to your child starting at the setting. This should be agreed in your contract and stated clearly on your invoice.

• When signing a contract with a childcare provider please make yourself aware of the agreement you are signing. You will need to be aware of the notice period that you are agreeing to give the setting if you choose to remove your child. Failure to give adequate notice may result in you not being able to access your funding elsewhere until your notice period has ended.

• Please be aware that attending a school nursery does not guarantee your child a place in the school’s reception class.

How do I find the funded childcare place?

Find the Nursery, Pre School or Childminder you’d like to attend. You can find one here.

Call the childcare setting to organise a visit.

Agree with them that they have a FUNDED vacancy for your 3 or 4 year old and agree the placement.

Becoming a Child-minder;

You need to either: Own your own home or have permission from your landlord to run a business from their property.
You also need: A sufficient understanding and use of English.
You must be over the age of 18 years old.

We offer 2 support sessions before you register to be a child-minder.

Initial Briefing – a half day introduction to becoming a registered childminder and will provide you with the knowledge you will need to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed with the process and attend our two-day training session.

Comprehensive Childminding Two Day Training – Once you have attended our Initial Briefing session, and if you decide you would like to proceed, we will email you an invite to attend our two-day training which provides information on the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, business, tax and marketing, the Ofsted registration process

Click here to book.

Enfield Children’s Centres

A Children’s Centre provides opportunities for families with children under 5, to learn, develop and have fun. It is a place for families to attend free courses, workshops and drop in sessions. Children’s Centres bring together a wide range of services and support for families with young children. Enfield’s Children’s Centre offers a universal programme, focusing on play and communication, which is delivered in age-banded sessions: • Baby Talk for first time parents with babies aged 3 months to 12 months • Toddler Talk for children aged 1 to 2 years • Child Talk for families who have children aged 3 and 4, or those with younger siblings

Our Sites

From 09 April 2018, Children’s Centre services will be offered from our three main sites, which are:

Eldon – Eldon Rd, London, N9 8LG

De Bohun – Green Rd, London, N14 4AD

Carterhatch –  Autumn Close, Enfield, EN1 4JY


Please note that this timetable will be regularly updated as more services and sites are added.

Enfield Children Centre Timetable June-July 2018

To book sessions and for further information contact us on 0208 441 7728 (Option 3).