Early Years Education Funding

Claiming your setting's EYE funding

By claiming early years education funding you are agreeing to the EYE Terms and Conditions version 2.1 January 2018

Find EYE funding resources

Parent declaration

All EYE and EYPP funding claims must be supported by a Parent Declaration Form, and the appropriate privacy notice provided.

Information for summer 2020 COVID-19 parent declaration

We know that most providers will have collected parental declarations by the usual date of 31 March. However, as some parents may not have been coming into your setting during the last few weeks of March, we are allowing you to make a claim for children you would have expected to be at your setting during summer 2020 but have not yet received the signed parent declaration form. You must ensure you have one for your records by the final adjustment which opens on 3 August 2020.

NEW June 2020 - Updated parent declaration forms for you to use for children who are eligible to attend because of key worker parent or vulnerable child status, or for temporary moves due to provider closure or unable to offer your usual hours.

Use this full parent declaration form for children who have moved providers and parents have not completed a standard parent declaration form.
COVID-19 priority childcare parent declaration form - full

Use this shortened parent declaration form for children where parents have already completed a standard parent declaration form. You may use this form for your existing parents and parents of children who have moved, if you already have a standard parent declaration form completed.
COVID-19 priority childcare parent declaration form – short

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Two year old funding

Parents will have applied through the Education Online Portal. If the child is eligible, the parent will be able to provide you with evidence of eligibility with a reference number. If the parent has a code issued from another authority, this has to be verified with that authority. It may be easier to ask the parent if you can make an assisted application on their behalf through your provider portal.

If parents are seeking a free early education place for a two year old and:

  • are a Zambrano Carer
  • have the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and are subject to no recourse to public funds; or
  • are supported under s4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

then they need to complete this form and send it to Services for Young Children County Office.

30 hours funding (extended entitlement)

Parents will have applied through the Government childcare accounts. You need to ensure that all eligibility codes from parents have been validated in time for the funded hours to start. Once the codes have been validated the additional hours can be claimed for in the same way as for the universal entitlement.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The Parent Declaration Form has all the details you need to make an EYPP claim. When entering your headcount claim you need to include the details for the parent/carer when adding a new child, or for an existing child by updating previously entered information. The EYPP supplement claimed will be added to the payment made for any children found to be eligible.

Further EYPP information and resources.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

For details regarding the DAF funding and guidance for using the Provider Portal to make your claim.

Deferred entry to year R

If a parent defers or delays their child's entry into year R, a deferred entry declaration form must be completed so you can continue to receive EYE funding for that child.

Early Years Education (EYE) funding is only available up to statutory school age. For clarity children are no longer eligible for early years funding once they reach statutory school age as follows:

Children with a 5th birthday between: Early Years Education funding stops: Parents responsible for funding a nursery or preschool place:
1 September and 31 December On 31 December From 1 January
1 January and 31 March On 31 March From 1 April
1 April and 31 August On 31 August From 1 September
Calculate your claim

EYE funding delivers 570 hours in a year either as a ‘standard’ offer or as a ‘stretched’ offer. The standard offer funds 15 hours over 38 weeks in term time only. The stretched offer spreads the 570 hours over more than 38 weeks and up to 52 weeks with fewer hours per week, e.g. 11 hours x 52 weeks or 12 hours x 47 weeks.

Submit your claim

Your claim should be submitted through the Provider Portal.
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Running a 30 hour eligibility check

Task Date issued Deadline for submission Payment by
(Providing we have received a complete and correct claim)
Headcount task Monday 4 January 2021 Midnight on Monday 11January 2021 Friday 29 January 2021
1st adjustment period Monday 1 February 2021 Midnight on Friday 5 February 2021 Friday 26 February 2021
2nd adjustment period Monday 1 March 2021 Midnight on Friday 5 March 2021 Wednesday 31 March 2021

Headcount important dates, deadlines and maximum hours

Update your service details

To amend/change your service details you need to use the Self Update tile facility on the Provider Portal using this guidance.

If you need to close the setting due to an emergency (bad weather, etc) please follow the Emergency Closure procedure guidance.