Free Early Education Entitlement
From September 2017, the government have increased the universal free entitlement for children aged 3 and 4 years old to 30 hours per week for working families. Parents will need to meet specific eligibility criteria to qualify for this entitlement.
This extended entitlement will provide an additional 15 hours per week on top of the universal entitlement of 15 hours per week for all 3 and 4 year olds. This new scheme is also being referred to as the 'additional 15 hours' or '30 hours free childcare'.
2 Year Old Funding:
Each eligible child is entitled to receive a maximum of 15 hours of free early learning per week, over no fewer than 38 weeks per year (totalling 570 hours per year), until the term after they turn three years old. Then they'll become eligible for the universal free entitlement for all three and four year old. The entitlement includes no more than 10 hours per day, between the hours of 6am and 8pm.
3 & 4 Year Old Universal entitlement:
Each child is entitled to receive a maximum of 15 hours per week, over no fewer than 38 weeks per year (totalling 570 hours per year). The entitlement can be taken over no more than ten hours per day, between the hours of 6am and 8pm.
From April 2015 nurseries, preschools and childminders have been able to claim extra funding called Early Years Pupil Premium or EYPP to support eligible children's learning and development.
If a setting is in receipt of 3 and 4 year old Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE), children in their care could be eligible for this additional funding if their parents/carers have a household income below £16,190 and are claiming one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and with a family gross income of less than £16,190)
- National Asylum Seekers Support
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Employments and Support Allowance - Income Related only
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit (with a family income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs)
Alternatively, children who are claiming Funded Early Education Entitlement will also be eligible for EYPP if they meet one of the following:
- They have been in local authority care for 1 day or more in England and Wales
- They have been adopted from care in England or Wales
- They have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales
- They are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
They have left care in England or Wales through:
- An adoption
- A special guardianship order
- A child arrangement order
The extra funding is paid directly to the childcare provider to help them raise the quality of children’s early education in their setting. The childcare provider will plan the most effective way of using the money to promote children’s learning experience. For example they could:
- buy new equipment and resources
- employ extra staff
- invest in extra training for staff
- pooling the funding with other settings to have greater impact
- buy in the services of outside professionals
The annual value for a 15 hour place over a full year will be just over £300, or 53p per hour.
Settings will have to demonstrate that they have used the funding effectively when they are inspected by Ofsted.
Tax Free Childcare:
Parents will be able to open a new childcare account. For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs - that's up to £500 every 3 months. If they have a disabled child, they can receive up to £4000 per child – a total of £1000 every 3 months. They can then use this money to pay their childcare provider.
To find out more click here: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/tax-free-childcare
FEEE- Local Code of Practice (pdf, 242kb) September 2017
FEEE- Childcare Booklet (pdf, 601kb)
FEEE- Childcare Postcard (pdf, 664kb)
EYPP FAQs 2014
DfE Frequently Asked Questions:
DfE Early Years Free Entitlement- FAQs (pdf, 509kb) 17 July 2017
Childcare information for Parents:
Childcare Choices - Free eligibility form for parents to check if they are eligible for any funded places, including Tax Free Childcare.
Parents and carers- EYPP
If you apply for early education funding for your three or four year old, the childcare provider or school nursery may ask you for information about your income or your child. Your childcare provider is trying to find out if they can claim EYPP funding based on your child's place.
You don't have to provide this information but it is in your child's interest to help your provider claim the extra funding.
Please note, this funding cannot be used to reduce childcare fees.
Contact for more information:
General enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application enquiries: email@example.com