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Early Education Funding

The Family Information Service are responsible for inducting newly registered providers to enable them to offer Early Education Funded places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

We support you through the claiming process to enable you to offer funded places appropriately and to ensure you are paid according to our termly deadlines.

2019/20 Financial Year Planner for 2, 3 and 4 year old funding

Please see below the key dates and entitlement for the current financial year to enable you to broker funded places.

Funding is paid at the equivalent of 38 weeks per academic year, if the full 15 hours per week is accessed. Consequently the number of weeks in the financial year may differ.

Funding may be accessed between 6am and 8pm and at a maximum of 2 sites per day. Funding cannot be accessed at a second provider if;

  • an offer of the full entitlement has been accepted at a School Nursery/Reception for that term or
  • an offer has been received at a School reception for that term.

The level of funding cannot be increased or decreased mid term. This includes adding extended hours to a universal offer.
You will find all the information you need on these webpages however you can contact us if you have any further queries.

If you have any feedback on these webpages please email Tom Cure, Senior Information Officer, on

Please see the Contact Us section to find out who you need to contact if you need any support with Early Education Funding or cannot find what you are looking for on these webpages.