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How to become a funded provider in Solihull

If you are an Ofsted registered childcare provider in Solihull you may be able to offer 2, 3 and 4 year old funding. To be a funded provider in Solihull you must adhere to our Provider Agreement and the Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities.

Please note:

  • you will not be able to offer 2 year old funding if your latest Ofsted grade is Requires Improvement or Inadequate
  • you will not be able to offer 3 and 4 year old funding if your latest Ofsted grade is Inadequate

If you haven’t been Ofsted inspected yet you will be able to offer 2, 3 and 4 year old funding straight away and this will be reviewed once you have received your first inspection.

When funding has been claimed, it is mandatory to complete a Department for Education Census Return each Spring. Instructions will be sent to you prior to the Early Years Census.

To be included on the Solihull directory of funded providers please complete an application form and return it to the Family Information Service at eefenquiries@solihull.gov.uk or Family Information Service, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB.

Once we have received your application we will process this within 5 working days and further information on the funding process will be sent to you.