Early Years Education Funding

Claiming your setting's EYE funding

By claiming early years education funding you are agreeing to the latest EYE Terms and Conditions.

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.

For funding enquiries regarding emergency closures or other issues please contact childcare@hants.gov.uk or telephone 01962 847070.

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.

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Two year old funding

Parents should have applied through the Education Online Portal. If the child is eligible, the parent must 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. If parents are trying to apply for 2YO funding and do not have a code, you can make an assisted application on their behalf through your provider portal access before you book their place.

For non-EEA citizens who cannot claim benefits who are seeking a free early education place for a their two-year-old

2-year-old funded places are available to those who:

• are supported under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999: either claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’) or have been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)

Also, if the family’s household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and they have any of the following:

• leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds

• support from the local council because ‘a child in need’, for example they have a disability or a child protection plan

• are a Zambrano Carer (have the right to live in the UK because they are the main carer of a British citizen)  

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

30 hours funding (extended entitlement)

Parents must have applied through the Government childcare accounts. You need to ensure that you have validated all eligibility codes from parents (by 31 December, 31 March or 31 August). You must check the eligibility dates are valid for the same period of funding that you are claiming for. Once the codes have been checked that they have valid dates the additional hours can be claimed for in the same way as for the universal entitlement. Please note that first time claims can not be made in the grace period.

Running a 30-hour eligibility check

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 51 weeks (plus 9 spare hours) or 12 hours x 47 weeks (plus 6 spare hours).

Submit your claim

Your claim must be submitted through the Provider Portal, according to the schedule of dates below. There may be an administration charge levied for claims made outside the scheduled dates.
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Headcount Claim FAQs

Task Date issued Deadline for submission Payment by
(Providing we have received a complete and correct claim)
Headcount task Tuesday 5 April 2022 Midnight on Monday 11 April 2022 Saturday 30 April 2022
1st adjustment period Monday 16 May 2022 Midnight on Friday 10 June 2022 Thursday 30 June 2022
2nd adjustment period Monday 11 July 2022 Midnight on Friday 5 August 2022 Wednesday 31 August 2022

Headcount, Important dates, deadlines and maximum hours

Important information - Late claims

If a child starts after the 2nd adjustment period has ended, or you realise you have made an error on your claim, you must email immediately to childcare@hants.gov.uk. All revisions must be received before the end of the funding period to which they relate, to ensure they can be added to your claim. If we agree to process a very late claim that is raised with us in the following funding period, there will be an administration charge levied.

Provider Portal for claiming funding/updating service details