The government provides Funded Entitlement (FE) for all 3 and 4-year-old children and some 2-year-olds to attend an early years provision 15 hours per week, across 38 weeks per year.
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Two year olds
A two year old child is entitled to Funded Entitlement (FE) if their parent/carer receives any of the following benefits:
- Universal Tax Credits
- Income Support (IS)
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Child Tax Credit with an annual household taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) not over £15,400 - For children born after 01.01.2016. If your child is born before 01.01.2016 then the threshold is £16,190
- Working Tax Credits with an annual household taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) not over £15,400 - For children born after 01.01.2016. If your child is born before 01.01.2016 then the threshold is £16,190
- The Working Tax Credit 4 weeks run on
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- attracts Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- is looked after by the local authority
- has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption order or residence order
- has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Parents must check their eligibility prior to starting a place and can do this by completing an online application or by phone 01296 387000. Eligible children can start accessing FE funding from the term following their second birthday.
Three and four year olds
All three and four year olds are eligible for FE funding from the term following their third birthday until they start school (usually at statutory school age – the term following their fifth birthday).
Some three and four year olds will be eligible for an additional 15 hours of FE funding (30 hours in total, per week). For eligibility criteria please see here.