The Government provides early education funding (EEF) so that your child can attend up to 15 hours of early years education per week for up to 38 weeks a year at pre-school from the “calendar block” after their third birthday.
1 January – 31 March - children having their 3rd birthday between these dates can claim from the Summer funding block (after the Easter holiday)
1 April – 31 August - children having their 3rd birthday between these dates can claim from the Autumn funding block (after the Summer holiday)
1 September – 31 December - children having their 3rd birthday between these dates can claim from the Spring funding block (after the Christmas holiday)
Buckinghamshire County Council
Tel: 0845 6884944
Website: Free Entitlement - Funding for 2, 3 & 4 years olds:
Free Entitilement for 2 Year Olds
Sunny Days Pre-School is one of the few providers in the country that are
eligble to claim for 2 year old funds because we were awarded 'GOOD' from
OFSTED. From September 2013 free childcare has been available for eligible
two year olds.
Under current regulations only children whose parents/guardians are in
receipt of any of the following are entitled to 2 year old funding:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Children could also be eligible under the following criteria:
Families receiving Working Tax Credit and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 a year
Children receiving a current statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan
Children attracting Disability Living Allowance
Children looked after by the Local Authority
Children leaving care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order.
2 year old children that do not qualify for funded sessions need to pay £18 per session.
Additional hours’ access will be charged for services used over 15 hours. The pre-school will open at 8:30am for parents who need to get to work and need to drop their in children early. An extra £2.50 will be charged per child for 30 minutes. For afternoon sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cost is £15 per session.