We are in receipt of Early Education Entitlement Funding for all three and four year olds providing 15 hours a week free childcare.

Children are eligible as follows:-

Child’s 3rd birthday When you can start early education funding
1 January to 31 March The beginning of Summer term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August The beginning of Autumn term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December The beginning of Spring term on or after 1 January

Extended Offer -30 hours a week free childcare for eligible working parents

The extended childcare entitlement for working parents, offers up to 30 hours per week term time.

Children who are aged four and attend a Reception class in a school will not be eligible for 30 hours childcare.

Parents can begin accessing up to 30 hours childcare, if they are eligible for the offer, from the start of the next term after they receive their eligibility code.  Parents are therefore advised to check the earliest date they can apply as soon as possible.

Families will be eligible if:

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family)
  • Each parent earns on average a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW)
  • Each parent earns less the £100,000 per year.

Families will remain eligible if:

  • One parent is working and the other has a disability or substantial caring responsibilities.
  • A parent is away from work temporarily (sick leave or maternity/adoption leave).
  • A grace period has been put in place by government to assist parents whose employment circumstances change.

Parents will not be eligible for up to 30 hours childcare if the parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds)

For more information go to:


Contact Family Information Services on

01708 431783.

Free places for 15 hours a week for eligible 2 year olds

Some families with two year olds are eligible for  free childcare for up to 15 hours a week ?during  term time from the term after the child’s 2nd birthday.

Child’s 2nd birthday

When you can start early education funding?

Born  1st January to 31st March  – the beginning of Summer term from 1st April

Born 1st April to 31st  August – the beginning of Autumn term from 1st September

Born 1st September to 31st December – the beginning of Spring term from  1st April

Families may be eligible for free funded care and education  for their two year old if the parent receives one of the following:

Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • 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)

Your child may also be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • 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

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for three and four year olds

Early Years Pupil Premium offers early years providers the opportunity to use additional early years funding to support improved outcomes for eligible children and ensure that children are ready to succeed at school based on excellent educational foundations for learning.

Your early years provider will be able to discuss EYPP with you.  They will be able to tell you how the claim for funding is made and what they do with the money to support your child once they receive it from Havering Early Years.

Please note four year olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

Disability Access Funding (DAF) for three and four year olds

Disability access funding aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their provisions and/or helping with building capacity, be that for the child in question or for the benefit of children as a whole attending the provision.

Three and four year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and;
  • the child receives free early education from the term after the third birthday.

Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF. Children in receipt of the DAF will be eligible where they take-up any period of free entitlement, but the DAF can only be paid to one provider during the financial year.

Please note that four-year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding.

Your early years provider will be able to confirm to you if your DAF claim is eligible and how they will use the DAF funding to support your child.