Early Education Funding EEF
Early Education Funding is available to children who are aged 2 to 4 years of age. Two year old funding is known as (THINK 2) Families must meet an eligibility criteria, more information is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/think2
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to a universal entitlement of 15 hours a week of Early Education Funding, the funding covers all settings whether they are maintained, private, voluntary, governor or independent.
Children are entitled to a funded place in the term after their third birthday.
'Providers must allow parents to access their entitlement completely free at the point of delivery.To access a funded place parents must not be asked to purchase additional hours or food. It is the parents choice to take up any additional hours and the choice of a cooked meal'.
Parents are able to split funded hours between providers, but no more than two sites in one day. All providers must work together to ensure the needs of the child are met.
Parents must sign and understand the conditions of the privacy notice, the privacy notice will declare the agreed amount of funded hours parents wish the provider to claim for their child. Children must attend for the agreed amount of hours.
Parents can claim for 38 weeks of the year at 15 hours per week over term time only, or 48 weeks at 12 hours per week, this is referred to as 'stretched'. As we are open 51 weeks a year there are 3 weeks unfunded every year, (these are placed at the end of the summer half term holiday, before Christmas holiday and at the start of January. These sessions can still be utilised but will be charged for)
The hour lunch is included as part of the funded hours, where it is reasonably practicable for the setting, parents can choose to pay for a healthy home cooked meal or provide a healthy packed lunch from home. Providers can make a reasonable charge for the healthy hot meal provided.
If you wish to take up additional sessions, hours or hot meals, you will be charged for the time on an hourly rate and a set price for lunch.
30 hours funding:- Working parents who meet the 30 hours criteria could be entitled to an additional 15 hours of Early Education, making up a total of up to 30 hours per week. This can be taken over 38 weeks or 48 weeks stretched (24 hours per week).
Find out more details and your eligibility online at HMRC website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk ,successful applicants will receive a confirmation code which will be sent to the parents gateway account. This code should be given to the child's childcare provider to verify.
Term dates are:
1st January - 31st March (Spring)
1st April - 31st August (Summer)
1st September - 31st December. (Autumn)
For example, if a child is 3 years old between 1st January - 31st March, they will be eligible for a free place from 1st April. These dates are fixed and independent of school term dates.