Early Years Funding for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds
- What is Early Years Funding?
The government provides funding for all 3 and 4-year-old children and some 2-year-olds to attend early years provision for 570 hours per year.
From September 2017, eligible 3 and 4-year olds will be entitled to 1140 hours per year (30 hours a week term time). Please see the Extended Entitlement webpage for more information.
- Who is eligible?
Parents can check their eligibility through the Childcare Choices website.
A 2-year-old can get funded childcare if the parent/carer gets one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit
- Tax credits and has 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)
A 2-year-old can also get funded childcare 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
Parents must check their eligibility for the entitlement to Early Years Funding for their 2-year-old. Parents will need their National Insurance number, date of birth, name and child’s details. Eligibility can be checked online or by phone: 0345 155 1013.
Parents and carers of children with additional needs, and foster and adoptive parents should discuss applying with the Early Years Entitlement Funding helpdesk on 01392 385530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children are eligible to receive the Early Years Funding from the start of the term after their 2nd birthday for a maximum of three funding periods.
Parents/carers cannot apply before the start of the funding period in which the child’s second birthday occurs.
3 and 4-year-olds
All 3 and 4-year-olds are eligible for the Early Years Funding starting from the term after their third birthday until they start school (usually at statutory school age – the term following their fifth birthday).
When are children eligible?
Child’s birthday between: 2-year-old applications can be made no earlier than: Funding can start from: 1 January and 31 March 1 January Start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child’s second birthday 1 April and 31 August 1 April Start of term beginning on or following 1 September after the child’s second birthday 1 September and 31 December 1 September Start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child’s second birthday
For more information please see Date of Birth Eligibility factsheet.
Extended Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
A 3 or 4-year-old can get the extended entitlement of up to 1140 hours of funded childcare (30 hours per week, term time) if the both parents or lone parent:
- earns at least £115 a week or works more than 16 hours at the National Living Wage (unless you became self-employed less than 12 months ago), or expect to earn at least £111 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage (unless you became self-employed less than 12 months ago).
- expect to earn at least £61.92 a week if you’re under 18, £84.80 a week if you’re aged 18-20 or £52.80 a week if you’re an apprentice (either under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship)
Both parents or lone parent must also:
- live in England
- expect to have income of less than £100,000 each a year
- How much will I get paid for providing the Early Years Funded childcare?
Early years providers are funded to provide childcare at a rate of £4.90 per hour per eligible 2-year-old and £3.98 per hour per 3- and 4-year-old.
- Can I offer the Early Years Funding to parents?
To offer the Early Years Funding for 2, 3 and four-year olds a provider must:
- be on either the Early Years Ofsted Register, Schools Ofsted Register or inspected under the Independent Schools Inspectorate
- be open for a minimum of 33 weeks per year, during school term time
- allow their details to be listed on Pinpoint – a directory of service in Devon
The funding is claimed through a secure online database therefore providers should have a business email address and internet access.
Please note that to offer the Early Years Funding for 2-year-olds, you should be judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted. New providers who have not been inspected will be funded.
All information on policy, procedure, systems and processes for providing the Early Years Funding can be found in the Local Conditions of Funding.
- How do I register?
If you wish to register to become funded to offer the Early Years Funding for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds you will need to:
- Request a New Provider Pack from the Early Years Entitlement Funding Helpdesk – phone: 01392 385530 or email: email@example.com
- Read all the information sent in the New Provider Pack. This includes:
- The Local Conditions of Funding
- Provider Agreement
- Agree to the Local Conditions of Funding by returning the completed Provider Agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are already registered to offer the Early Years Funding for 3 and 4-year-olds and wish to register to become funded to offer this to eligible 2-year-olds please apply to the Early Years Entitlement Funding Helpdesk – phone: 01392 385530 or email: email@example.com.
- What do I need to do?
Each term you will need to:
- Check that children are eligible for the Early Years Funding
- Complete a claim through the Provider Portal (secure online database)
- Make amendments for any children that have joined or left during the term
- Inform the helpdesk if there have been any significant changes to number of children attending for funded hours or if you have no funded children.
For more information on the process for claiming the Early Years Funding please see:
- Golden Ticket (2 year old funding) – Guidance for Providers (Currently unavailable – this is being revised)
- Process for Providers
- Process for Childminders
Providers must notify the helpdesk immediately if they are unable to meet the conditions of the agreement. This will not necessarily affect the continuation of the service and Devon County Council may be able to offer support to enable it to continue.
- Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years providers to enhance the education they provide for eligible 3 and 4-year-olds.
- Working in partnership with Devon County Council
We ask that all providers that receive funding through Devon County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service follow this publicity guidance. Thank you for working with us.
- Resource documents
- Local Conditions of Funding
- Child Registration Form template
- Early Years Funding Information for Parents
- Provider Portal Training Notes
- Provider Portal Training Notes – 2 year old funding (currently unavailable – being revised)
- Academic Calendar 2016-2017
- Academic Calendar 2017-2018
- Funding calculator
- Maximum hours claimable per funding period
- Supplementary Form
- Conflict Buster – guide for completion
- Conflict Buster Form
- Unresolved Conflicts
- Complaints Procedure
- Appeals Procedure
- Golden Ticket
- Golden Ticket – Polish
- Golden Ticket – Lithuanian
- Golden Ticket – Arabic
- Autumn 15 1st Payment Letter – October 2015
- Autumn 15 2nd Payment Letter – December 2015
- Spring 16 2nd Payment Letter – March 2016
- Autumn 16 2nd Payment Letter – November 2016
- Funding for 2017/18
- Funding for weekends and Bank Holidays
- Funding Rates 2017/18
- Spring 17 2nd Payment Letter – March 2017
- Summer 17 1st Payment Letter – April 2017
- Early Years Funding Update – April 2017
- Extended Entitlement Update – May 2017
- Frequently asked questions
- Useful links