Free for 2s eligibility check

Answer the following questions to see if you may be eligible for free childcare.

Do you live in Haringey?

You have to be a resident of Haringey to be able to apply for free childcare with us. Please check your local borough website for details.

To be eligible for free childcare you must receive at least one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax)
  • Child Tax Credit, and/or Working Tax Credit and have a joint, annual household income of £16,190.00 or less
  • 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 your child:

  • Is looked after by the local authority
  • Has a current statement of Special Educational 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

Please make sure the parent/carer who meets the eligibility criteria above completes this application.


Do you meet any of the above criteria?

We are sorry but you need to meet the above criteria to be eligible.

Is your child currently between 18 months and 2 years old?

If your child is too young please come back when they are over 1 year 6 months old.

If they have already reached 3 years then see the free early education for all three and four year olds page.

The following timetable explains when you can apply for a free place for your child:

Free for 2s application timetable

If you child turns/turned 2 years old between:

Your child can start from:

1 September to 31 December

1 January (spring term)

1 January to 31 March

1 April (summer term)

1 April to 31 August

1 September (autumn term)

Or you can use the ready reckoner below, which works out the term start date for you:

Please note: you can apply once your child is 1 year and 6 months old - however, they cannot start until the term after their second birthday (see table above). You can apply straight away if you have already missed the term your child could have started.

Apply now for your free place