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Early Education Funding for 2 Year Olds

Some 2 year old children in England are eligible for 15 hours of Early Education Funding.

Early Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds

Every child aged 3 and 4 is eligible to access early education funding.  Any child is eligible to the entitlement from the beginning of the funding period following their third birthday to the beginning of the funding period following their fifth birthday The Department for…

Early Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds - 30 Hours

All 3 & 4 year old children are currently entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare (570 hours per year), but some working parents will be eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare (1140 hours per year) if they meet certain criteria.

What are the Legal Requirements for Staff to Child Ratios?

Day Nurseries/preschools must offer an adult to child ratio of; 1:8 minimum for children aged 3 to 5 1:4 for children aged 2 to 3 years old 1:3 for children under 2 years Childminders may be registered to care for a maximum of 6 children…

What is a Childminder?

Provide flexible care and may offer early mornings, weekends, evening, holiday and emergency care.  They may also offer drop-off and collection from Day Nurseries, Pre-Schools, Breakfast and After School Clubs and Schools, which may be part of a partnership agreement with another childcare provider.  …

What is Registered Childcare?

Ofsted registers most but not all childcare, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register.  Ofsted regularly inspects childcare providers to ensure that the standards they expect all childcare providers to uphold are being met.  Inspections are used to provide guidance and support…

What is the Cost of Childcare?

The cost will vary according to the age of your child, the hours and type of setting they attend.  If your child is aged 2 years you may be eligible for 15 hours FUNDED childcare.  All 3&4 year old children can have 15 hours FUNDED…

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the legal requirement for registered childcare provisions, and a framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5 years, through a range of activities to meet the needs of all children. All registered early years providers…

What specialist support is available for those children with additional needs?

Every childcare provider must offer an inclusive practice and should be able to support children with additional needs. Many will have designated staff who will oversee your child’s development. When you search the Directory, you can identify the childcare providers than may suit your circumstances,…

What support is available for those with language barriers?

All childcare providers offer an inclusive service and can support may families with English as an additional language or with communication development. Some childcare providers are able to offer specialist support services if your child has specific language and communication needs. You can search the…