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Early Years entitlement

You can claim the early years entitlement at...


  • a day nursery
  • a pre-school or playgroup
  • an independent school
  • a children’s centre nursery
  • a maintained nursery
  • a reception class in a primary or infant school
  • a foundation stage unit and academy
  • with an approved childminder


These are known as providers and all providers are under a duty to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. The providers must be registered and inspected by Ofsted or the Independent Schools Inspectorate and be able to offer a minimum of 38 weeks in a year. The provider must be registered with us to offer the early years entitlement.


The early years entitlement gives your child a maximum of 570 hours each year. This will start the funding period after your child’s third birthday and will last for 3 funding periods (equivalent to one year). The maximum entitlement that can be claimed is 15 hours per week.


The maximum entitlement that can be claimed per day is 10 hours, up to a maximum of 15 per week.  The Early Years Entitlements can only be claimed in full hours or in blocked of 15 minutes.


The next entitlement year, (starting the funding period after your child’s fourth birthday) your child will receive another automatic allocation of 570 hours which will also last for another 3 funding periods.


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