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, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • Tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

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

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