In September 2017 the government implemented a change in the funding offered to 3 and 4 year olds of working parents across the country. There are currently 3 options of funding (FF2, universal and extended). In some cases the nursery may also be able to apply for EYPP (Early Years Pupil Premium) which provides extra funding for resources and experiences.
More information on funding available can be found here
The government childcare calculator can be accessed here
FF2 Funding (Free For Two)
Who qualifies for FF2 (Free For 2) funding?
The scheme is currently available to 2 year olds:
- who are looked after by the local authority
- who are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a residence order
- who have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
- whose parents receive specific benefits.
If your child is eligible, the free hours start in the term after their second birthday.
Who qualifies for 15 hours (Universal) funding?
All children aged 3 and 4 years are eligible for 15 hours of government funded childcare for 38 weeks of the year (570 hours). The funding begins for each child the term after they turn 3 years old.
The setting can claim this on your behalf, once a completed parental declaration is completed
Who qualifies for 30 hours (extended) funding?
- Children of a single parent who work, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum wage or national living wage and does not earn more than £100,000 per year.
- Children of a couple, BOTH of whom work, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum wage or national living wage minimum of 16 hours a week with neither independently earning more than £100,000 each.
The government has developed an eligibility checker for parents to register and enter their personal details, you will then receive confirmation of eligibility.
All eligible parents will then receive an 11 digit code that they must share with their chosen childcare setting. The funding can be used at up to TWO different settings.
If you think you are eligible for the 30 hours funding, please apply as soon as is possible using the HMRC website
Who qualifies for EYPP funding?
Did you know your childcare provider may be entitled to £302 additional funding to further support the education of your child?
If your child is three or four years old, childcare providers can claim up to £302 per year to spend on enriching your child’s education.
The funding is called Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
How this could help your child? It will help your child to:
- Benefit from extra resources and equipment suited to their needs
- Enjoy a range of new play, learning and activity experiences
- Be better prepared for starting school
If you are claiming one of the following benefits or credits, your provider may be able to claim additional funding for your child:
- 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 you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual, household, gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Universal Credit (if you are entitled to Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £7,400, assessed on up to three of your most recent Universal Credit assessment periods)
EYPP may also be paid for children who meet the following criteria:
- If a child is currently being looked after by a Local Authority in England or Wales
- If a child has left the care of a Local Authority in England and Wales due to one of the following:
- Adoption Order
- Special Guardianship Order
- Child Arrangement Order
Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.