Government Funding

Getting help towards the cost of your childcare has now become so much easier. The Government have a fantastic website:

Here you will find all the Government Childcare Offers and you can navigate to the help that is best for you.

You can also use the websites calculator to quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family. The link for this is

2 Year Old Funding

You may be eligible for a free early education place for your 2 year old. This would allow you to access up to 570 hours of early learning funding at our setting.

Eligibility Criteria

To receive this funding, you must be getting one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit – Please note that the Universal credit eligibility criteria for the two year old offer, is currently subject to consultation. 

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • They’re looked after by a local council
  • They have an Education, Health and Care plan (formerly a Statement of Special Educational Needs)
  • They get Disability Living Allowance 
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Funding starts…

The funding starts the term following your child’s second birthday:

  • A child born between 1st April and 31st August can access childcare from 1st September
  • A child born between 1st September and 31st December can access childcare from 1st January
  • A child born between 1st January and 31st March can access childcare from 1st April

 Free Early Years Education for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Free flexible early education for 570 hours a year for all 3 and 4 year olds.

The details:

  • The 570 hours can be used over 38 weeks of the year during term time. This means a maximum of 15 hours a week of free flexible early education can be accessed throughout term time.
  • If you prefer you can stretch your funding 11 hours per week over 50 weeks of the year.
  • The 15 hours can be taken over a minimum of 2 days per week.
  • No session can be longer than 10 hours
  • No session can be shorter than 2.5 hours.
  • Sessions are restricted to between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
  • The funded hours can be split between a maximum of two childcare providers (for example a pre-school and a childminder).

When does this funding start?

Children will qualify for a free early education place the term after their third birthday.

  • Children born between 1 April and 31 August can access entitlement from 1 September following their third birthday.
  • Children born between 1 September and 31 December can access entitlement from 1 January following their third birthday.
  • Children born between 1 January and 31 March can access entitlement from 1 April following their third birthday.
  • Schools with early years provision

30 Hours Funding for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Do you and your partner both work a minimum of 16 hours ( or 16 hours if you are single), then you may be eligible for 30 Hours of Childcare Free. Visit the to find out if you are.

If you and your partner are both working a minimum of 16 hours per week (or 16 hours if you are single), then you may be eligible for 30 hours childcare (1140 hours per year).

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Additional funding for your child

Did you know your childcare provider may be entitled to £300 of extra funding to improve the education of your 3 or 4 year old?

This funding may be used by your childcare provider in a number of ways, for example, to provide new resources, staff training, additional support and new play or learning experiences to help improve outcomes for your child. 

Previously we have used this additional funding to purchase specific  resources, i.e Mathematical resources/equipment and currently we are using EYPP.  These have been identified as areas to develop through discussion with parents and key persons of  our EYPP children.

To qualify

Your child must be in receipt of Free Early Education in order to apply for EYPP, and, your family must meet the eligibility criteria.

See the Gov UK website for eligibility and further details. Please note that the Universal credit eligibility criteria, is currently subject to consultation. 

What do I do next?

If you think you qualify, talk to us and complete the Parent Declaration form.

Got a question?

If you have an enquiry about EYPP, contact the Family Information Service.

Further Help

If you are a full-time higher education student with dependant children, you may be able to get extra financial help. Please take a look at the Childcare Grant at

If you are under 20 then you may get help through the Care to Learn Grant.  You can find more information on this at

If you are eligible for Universal Credit you may be able to get up to 85% of your childcare costs paid. You will be able to find out more information at

Tax Free Childcare

If you apply for Tax-Free Childcare, you won’t be able to get:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Childcare Vouchers by your employer

Your Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit payments will stop automatically if you successfully apply for Tax-Free Chilcare.

Early Years Pupil Premium Record –  2017-2018

Name of school/setting:  First Steps Childcare Centre

Headteacher/owner/nominated person:  Julie Elsworth and Elaine Williams

Lead Early Years Practitioner:  Sue Oliver

Contextual information:

Total number of children on roll 408
Total number of three and four year old funded children 91
Total number of children claiming Early Years Pupil Premium Autumn Term first half – 1. Autumn Term  2nd half -2

Spring Term 2019: 4

Total number of children in care 0
Total number of children with SEND 2
Total amount of Early Years Pupil Premium Funding claimed per term Autumn
Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Over the Year
£ 141.50 £293.55 £546.01  
Total amount of Early Years Pupil Premium Funding spent per term Autumn 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019  
£113.39 £263.23    

Making a Difference – How Early Years Pupil Premium Funding is helping children’s achievement.

What we have tried to achieve? ( Eg; improve children’s speaking and listening) What barriers did we need to overcome? (Eg; parental engagement with the setting was limited, children’s on entry listening skills were poor) How did we remove these barriers?
(Eg through staff training, resources purchased, additional staff hours to support children)
How did this help children make progress? ( what progress have they made from their starting points? How do you know? What evaluations have you carried out?) What actions need to be taken next in order to make even more improvements?
Supporting interaction, imagination, self confidence through music and dance.

Developing  children’s listening and attention skills.

Not enough of the same instruments to carry out group activities.

Distractions when activities happen within the classroom.

Staff confidence with music ctivities. 

Attended staff training.

Purchase a wide range of musical instruments.

Re-Develop the Summer House into a space where musical activities and movement can happen in a specific area with minimal distraction.

A designated space where children can build on their listening and attention skills.

Staffs confidence in carrying out activities increased following training and use of prompt cards within the music room helps link to EYFS.

Children engaging with activities which supports their listening and attention skills as distractions are minimal.

Supporting less experienced staff, across all ages of children.

Installing a heater for the cooler months to ensure all year round access.