Havering

Free early education and childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds


Havering Council are committed to supporting the delivery of the best possible early education and childcare experience for children in the borough. 

We offer up to 570 hours of early education and childcare places for eligible two, three and four year olds available to be taken during term time or stretched over up to 52 weeks of the year. ​
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What does early years look like in Havering Video

When is my child eligible for their place?

Eligible two year olds from the term after their second birthday and all three year olds from the term after their third birthday can claim their early education and childcare places directly from their early years setting or school nursery.  

All four year olds are entitled to early education and childcare places immediately.

​Child is 2, 3 or 4 between ​Term eligible of EEE
​1 April to 31 August ​Autumn (starts September)
​1 September to 31 December ​Spring (starts January)
​1 January to 31 March Summer (starts April)​

 

Applications for Early Education and Childcare Places

Two Year old places

 
Your child may be eligible if you receive:

  • tax credits with an income of less than £16,190
  • work related benefits or support under the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Disability Living Allowance for your child or have a child who has been adopted from council care, 
  • are subject to a Special Guardianship order or Child Arrangement Order
Applications must be made online and a response is provided within three working days.
 
Eligible families will be funded from the first available Monday after the application outcome has been confirmed.

2 year old online form link 
 

Three and Four year old places

 
All four year olds and three year olds the term after the third birthday may attend an early education and childcare setting.  

No application is required however you must register with the setting and take up a place when it is available.
 

Reception Class application and places

 
If your child is born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and attends a school nursery class or PVI setting you must apply for him/her to start school in September 2016 via the eAdmissions website
 
Please note that attendance at a school nursery class, with a Childminder or at an early education and childcare setting on school grounds does not mean an automatic transfer to the reception class of the school.​

Childcare places at Childminders, Preschool Day Nurseries and Independent schools

Parents must contact the Childminder, preschool, day nursery or independent school directly to enquire about availability for early education and childcare places.  

Please go to The Havering Family Services Directory for setting details and contact information, alternatively please contact the Family Information Service on 01708 431 782 01708 431 783.

Childcare places in Schools with Nurseries

Parents must contact the schools directly to enquire about availability for early education and childcare places in their nurseries.  

Please go to The Havering Family Services Directory for setting details and contact information, alternatively please contact the Family Information Service on 01708 431 782 or 01708 431 783.  

​Schools with nurseries attached Registered to deliver places to
​Broadford Primary Three and Four year olds only​
​Brookside Infant Two, Three and Four year olds​
​Clockhouse Primary Rising Threes, Three and Four year olds​
Crowlands Primary ​Two, Three and Four year olds
​Crownfield Infant
Two, Three and Four year olds​
​Hacton Primary Three and Four year olds only​
​Hilldene Primary Three and Four year olds only​
​Hylands Primary Three and Four year olds only​
​Mead Primary
Three and Four year olds only​
​Newtons Primary Three and Four year olds only​
​Parklands Infant ​Two, Three and Four year olds
​Oasis Academy: Pinewood Primary Three and Four year olds​ only
​Pyrgo Priory Academy Primary
Three and Four year olds only
​Rainham Village Primary Three and Four year olds only
​St Edward's CE Primary Rising Threes, Three and Four year olds​
St Ursula's​ RC Infant School Three and Four year olds only
​Suttons Primary Two, Three and Four year olds​
 * A child who is rising three will have their third birthday during the first term of attendance
 

Who can deliver early education and childcare places?

If your child is aged two - You will need to apply for two year old funding before seeing if there are childcare places available in your local early education and childcare setting.

If your child is aged three or four - You do not need to apply for funding, but you should enquire about the availability of childcare in your local early education and childcare setting.

Providers may be funded to deliver EEE places if they have an appropriate Ofsted grade and have signed a London Borough of Havering Directory and Funding Agreement.​

Sixteen schools and more than 150 preschools, day nurseries, independent schools and Childminders are able to offer flexible early education and childcare places for two, three and four year olds in the borough.   

All early years providers and schools have their own admissions arrangements and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  

Funded childcare can only be offered at early years settings registered with Ofsted and the Councils Early Years Planning and Organisation Team with the following published Ofsted grades.

​Settings most recent Ofsted grade Registered to deliver places to
​Outstanding ​Two, three and four year olds
​Good ​Two, three and four year olds
​Requires improvement ​Three and four year olds only
​Inadequate ​Cannot deliver funded places

 

Further information

Early education entitlement funding - A brief guide for parents and carers

Related websites​