When to Apply?
The following dates indicate when your child is eligible for the 3-4 year old funding, your child will not be able to recieve funding before his/her third birthday.
Date of your child’s third birthday
Funding period in which your child can access EYFE
1st April – 31st August Autumn (1st September)
1st September – 31st December Spring (1st January)
1st January – 31st March Summer (1st April)
We advise parents to register their child on our waiting list a few months before their third birthday to ensure that they can be offered a secure place at our settings.
The Nursery/Pre-school can offer places to parents / carers seeking either just the free entitlement hours (stand-alone provision) or those wishing to book additional paid hours.
A “stand-alone” place refers to the Free Early Learning hours only, being taken at an early years provider. If you want a “stand-alone” place then we will be able to offer that to you.
Are these hours totally free or will I have to pay anything?
The free early learning must be offered free to parents – they should not be asked to:
Pay a fee for the basic funded hours
Pay in advance for the free hours
Parents and carers will need to pay:
For additional hours if the funded hours are offered as part of a longer session
For additional services, for example, meals, snacks.
When your child attends more than 15 hours a week
The cost of additional care is a private matter between the Early Years Provider and the Parent / Carer. You should make sure that you understand how much you will be charged for any additional hours or services before your child starts.