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We are pleased to be able to provide funded places for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds at both of our nurseries. Below, we have detailed how the funding is allocated.


2 year funding

Parents will be able to claim up to 15 hours of free childcare and early education per week if they receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit – provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual household income is less than £16,191 (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) or if you foster the child.


If you meet the criteria above, your child becomes eligible for the funding the term following their second birthday;

Child's birthday: 1st January – 31st March = Eligible in APRIL

Child's birthday: 1st April – 31st August = Eligible in SEPTEMBER

Child's birthday: 1st September – 31st December = Eligible in JANUARY

Free places for 3 and 4 year olds (Universal Funding)

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to funding for up to 15 hours of free early education and care through the Early Years Education Entitlement (EYEE).

Entitlement starts the term after your child's third birthday; 

Child’s birthday: 1st January – 31st March funding will start from 1st APRIL

Child’s birthday: 1st April – 31st August funding will start from 1st SEPTEMBER

Child’s birthday: 1st September – 31st December funding will start from 1st JANUARY


30 hours funding (Extended entitlement)

Some families will be eligible to claim an additional 15 hours funding (totalling 30hours per week) if they meet the criteria below which is determined by HMRC;

  • They are resident in England and under compulsory school age

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family)

  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) and less than £100,000.00 per year

How the funding works

Universal 15 hours Entitlement to all 3 and 4 year olds and 15 hours entitlement to selected eligible 2 year olds;

These hours can be claimed in 2 ways either 15 hours term time only (38 weeks per year, we try and run these weeks in line with school term dates to the best we can) or 11.5 hours all year round for 50 weeks per year.

To claim just the 15 free hours and pay no top up fees, you have two options;

3 x 8.30am – 1.30pm or 3 x 1.30pm – 5.30pm and 1 x 1.30pm – 4.30pm


To claim just the 11.5 free hours and pay no top up fees, you have two options;

2 x 8.30am – 2.15pm or 2 x 1.30pm – 5.30pm and 1 x 1.30pm – 5.00pm


If you want your child to do more hours than the entitled free hours then these must be taken in full sessions and are charged at the hourly rate.


At Tots and Time Out and Bright Beginnings we offer the 30 hours Free Funding on a limited spaces, allocation basis and only as a stretched offer which is 22.5hours per week for 50 weeks per year, this funding will be offered only with one option;


3 x 8.30am – 5.30pm with a payment of 1.5 hours per day to be paid by the parents. This is because you will be entitled to 7.5 hours of the full day paid by the free hours and then you will need to pay the remaining 1.5 hours of the day.


Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium is available to children who meet the criteria below. It is an additional supplement and will be used to enhance the opportunities and experiences for the individual child whilst at nursery. We will work in partnership with parents to agree how we use the additional funding to accelerate outcomes for their child.

3 and 4 year olds in receipt of funded early education will also attract EYPP funding if their family meet at least one of the following criteria;


Children are also eligible for funding if;

  • they have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more

  • they have been adopted from care

  • they have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order

For these children the virtual head will take the parental role and representatives from social care must be involved in discussions around spend of the funding.


How we will use the EYPP

Tots and Time Out and Bright Beginnings will ensure that the EYPP reaches the groups of children for whom it is intended and that it makes a significant impact on their developmental outcomes.

The EYPP will be used to provide additional resources and staff development to enable us to meet the needs of each child. We strive to offer the best possible outcomes for every child and the additional funding will facilitate this. We aim to address any underlying inequalities between the children who are eligible for EYPP and the rest of the children in the setting.

How we might spend EYPP funding? Spending may include:

  • Cluster, pooling arrangements to invest in a speech and language therapist, or CPD

  • Quality staff interactions with children

  • Partnerships – Other providers/ Teaching schools/ Early Education Hub/ LA

  • Peer to peer support

  • Specific programme

  • Identified area - The quality of provision for early language and literacy


Working with Parents

Upon identification of eligible children, we will invite parents in for a discussion on how we feel we could best use the additional funding. We will provide the parent with some suggestions based on our understanding of the child’s learning and developmental needs and abilities. We will always seek parental agreement when allocating the funding. Parents will be able to access information regarding their child’s development on Tapestry and we also hold two parents evenings per year. 


Monitoring Outcomes

Termly forms will be completed by the Nursery Manager, Child's Key Worker and Parent regarding the funding, how it is being spent and what impact it has had on the child's development.


Complaints procedure

If Parents have any concerns with how the EYPP is being spent for their child we would ask them to speak to their Child's Key Worker first and if not the Nursery Manager. We will make the parent aware of our complaint’s procedure.


Policy document 2010/2012/2014/reviewed October 2015/Updated June 2017/Reviewed November 2017/Reviewed Jan 2019/Updated July 2020

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