Early Years Eligibility Checker

The Early Years Eligibility Checker has replaced the My Early Learning eligibility checking system. This is the system through which eligibility checks can be completed, for both two year old places and Early Years Pupil Premium.

Please ensure that you embed this into your standard admissions process for new children. 

User Guide

A guide on how to perform eligibility checks for free childcare entitlement via the Early Years Checker and a sample eligibility letter produced by the system can be downloaded from the documents link below.

Validating two year old eligibility codes 

The New Early Years Checker generates eligibility letters that a parent/carer can download after they have performed their eligibility check. Please ask the parent to provide you with the letter produced by the Early Years Checker as the proof of child’s eligibility. You can find the eligibility code on the letter produced by the Early Years Checker system (sample letter can be downloaded below).

There is no need to validate the code on the letter. The letter itself is a proof of child’s eligibility for the FEEE for two year olds. Please keep the letter/copy of the letter for your records. You will still need to enter the code to your termly headcount returns to receive the funding.

Manually generated Codes (starting 'LBWF') 

Families without internet access or who are eligible under one of the non-income based criteria (e.g. looked after children or children with a SEN plan) can contact the Childcare Team and be provided with a manually generated code. You can only validate these codes by contacting us on childcare@walthamforest.gov.uk or 0208 496 3566.

My Early Learning codes (starting 'AF')

It is not possible to validate the AF codes on myearlylearning.co.uk anymore as the website is not live. Please contact us on childcare@walthamforest.gov.uk or 0208 496 3566 in order to validate any AF codes.

"When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think."
Bertrand Russell, Nobel Laureate

Two year old FEEE eligibility criteria

Two year olds whose parents meet the following criteria may be eligible for 15hrs of free early education entitlement:

  • income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, 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 individuals receive when they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and 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

30 hr FEEE eligibility criteria

All children aged three and four in England are eligible for 15 hrs of free early education entitlement (FEEE), those whose parent(s)/carer(s) meet the following criteria may be eligible for an additional 15hrs:

  • in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each (or single parent) earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £125.28 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit does not apply if individuals are self-employed and have started their business less than 12 months ago.

In December 2017, government announced plans to extend eligibility for 30 hours childcare to children in foster care where the foster parents meet certain eligibility criteria, giving foster families the same support as other families where it is right for the child. See below for the operational guidance and application form.

EYPP eligibility criteria

For any three and four year olds taking up their free early education meeting at least one of the following criteria will attract EYPP funding:

Three and four year olds must meet at least one of the criteria below to 

  • their family gets one of the following: Income Support; income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided they're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit
  • they have been in Local Authority care [link to virtual schools page] for 1 day or more in England or 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

Please note: Children who are eligible under one of the non-income based criteria, e.g. adopted child, parents/providers should contact the Childcare Team who will provide a manually generated code.

Children become eligible for the EYPP at different points in the year depending on when they turn three:

  • child's birth date between 1 January to 31 March = EYPP can be claimed from beginning of term on or after 1 April
  • child's birth date between 1 April to 31 August = EYPP can be claimed from beginning of term on or after 1 September
  • child's birth date between 1 September to 31 December = EYPP can be claimed from beginning of beginning of term on or after 1 January

Please note: Four year olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding. Should you have any further queries on administering the EYPP, the DfE has produced a useful question and answer sheet.


Two year old Eligibility Checker Guide

Guidance on using the Early Years eligibility checker software.


Sample letter - two year old eligibility


Sample email - two year old eligibility


30 FEEE hours Fostering policy


30 Hours FEEE fostering application form

Last update: Thursday 4th of June 2020 03:47:41 PM