Early years funding supports the national scheme administered by local authorities to offer free early learning and childcare places to all three, four and eligible two year olds. On this page you will be able to find out about the agreed funding rates for two, three and four years olds and Early Years Pupil Premium.
Schools forum are currently out to consult for the 20-21 funding formula. The online consultation and all supporting documentation relating to the consultation can be found below:
Every eligible 2, 3 and 4 year child is entitled to 570 hours of free early education each year, which must be taken over a minimum of 38 weeks, equating to 15 hours per week. If a child attends a setting which is open more than 38 weeks, then the Free Early Education Entitlement will be spread equally over those weeks. For example, if a child attends a setting that is open for 50 weeks a year, they will receive 11.4 hours a week.
Each Free Early Education session must be:
Children must attend the setting for a minimum of two days per week to receive their full entitlement. Should parents/carers require childcare for additional hours, the provider can charge for this. The majority of parents/carers who require only the Free Early Education Entitlement access it through their local nursery school or pre-school, although some full day-care providers do offer this service. FEEE approved providers include:
You can register to offer the Free Entitlement here.
Schools Forum agreed that the Early Years Funding Formula (EYFF) would be based on the following:
Therefore in 2019-20 Schools Forum agreed Early Years providers will receive:
Two year old funding of £5.66 per hour eligible two year olds for all providers.
Three and four year old funding made up of:
Appendix B of the Schools Forum paper presented on 13 February outlined the indicative budgets for 2019-20 for all Early Years providers.
Eligibility criteria for two year old FEEE and 30hrs FEEE can be found on the Early Years Eligibility Checker page.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding aimed to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year olds. Providers receive £0.53 per hour attended by the eligible child (totalling £302.10 per year). It applies to children in a free early education place from April 2015.
The EYPP is child-specific in addition to the standard hourly rate for three and four year olds (detailed above). Hours must be reported via the headcount returns and will be paid in arrears as part of the termly reconciliation.
Early years providers are responsible for:
EYPP eligibility criteria can be found on the Early Years Eligibility Checker page.
Providers must provide a code proving a child’s eligibility in order to receive the additional funding. It is recommended that FEEE providers implement a universal request, as part of their standard admissions process, for all parents to complete the Early Years Eligibility Checker that will generate an eligibility code. By embedding into the standard admissions process parents/carers are not stigmatised and settings reduce the possibility of missing out on additional funding.
How to spend your Early Years Pupil Premium
Deprivation Supplement Funding payments are based on children’s postcode data submitted by settings. Deprivation supplement funding is NOT child specific and can be used to support any disadvantaged or vulnerable child or children with SEND who are taking up their Free Early Education Entitlement at your setting.
Deprivation supplement funding can be used by your school/setting throughout the year to close the gap between the attainment of the most disadvantaged children and their peers.
Full details regarding deprivation funding is outlined in the FEEE Financial Guidance.