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Early education places and funding

All three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of funded early education and childcare each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some two-year-olds are also eligible.

Extended 30 hours childcare entitlement for three and four year olds

 

The current funded childcare entitlement for three and four year olds is being increased from 15 to 30 hours per week for working parents, from September 2017. This change is to support working parents with the affordability of childcare and enable parents who want to work, or to work more hours, to do so.

Families in North Yorkshire who meet the eligibility criteria will be entitled to 30 hours funded childcare each week in term time or 1,140 funded hours stretched across the year from the beginning of the summer term 2017.

You can read more about the extended early years entitlement here.

Funded early education and childcare is provided by a range of different early years settings and childminders around North Yorkshire:

  • nursery schools
  • nursery classes in schools and academies
  • governor-run early years provision
  • day nurseries
  • pre-schools
  • childminders
  • private daycare providers on children's centre sites

You can view a map showing the location of early years settings and childminders around the county here.

To offer two-year-old places, providers must have been:

  • Judged 'good' or 'outstanding' at their most recent Ofsted Inspection; or
  • For a North Yorkshire County Council locality sufficiency assessment to have determined that a provision judged to be 'requires improvement' but not yet re-inspected by Ofsted is able to offer funded places during a period of improving practice under review.

 

Two-year-olds

Some two-year-olds in England are entitled to free early education and childcare.

To be eligible for a free two-year-old place, you must receive one of the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit and have a joint annual income not over £16,190
  • Working Tax Credits and have a joint annual income of no more than £16,190
  • The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credits
  • Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Your two year old child receives Disability Living Allowance

Children looked after by a local council, such as with foster carers, are also entitled to a free two-year-old place. Children are also eligible if they've been adopted from local authority care or if they have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or Residence Order.

Please note, even if you have been confirmed as eligible for two year old funding by another local authority, you must still apply for funding with North Yorkshire if you would like to send your child to a North Yorkshire childcare provider.

Check if your child is eligible

To check if your child is eligible, please use the electronic checking service:

If you have any queries, please contact the families information service on 01609 533483 or email fis.information@northyorks.gov.uk.

If your child is eligible, you can take up their place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

Child's birthdayWhen you can claim
1 January to 31 Marchthe beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 Augustthe beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 Decemberthe beginning of term on or after 1 January

Contact your local children's centre for more information.

If you require additional hours of childcare over and above the free 15 hours you will be able to discuss the charges for this with your childcare provider.

 

All three and four-year-olds

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to funded early education and childcare for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. Your child can take up their funded place from the beginning of the term after their third birthday. The Government funding for your child's funded entitlement is paid directly to the setting. In order for this to be paid your child must be attending their childcare setting on the 'headcount day' each term. The setting will tell you when this is.
 
If you require additional hours of childcare over and above the free 15 hours you will be able to discuss the charges for this with your childcare provider.
 
The date you can claim will depend on when your child's date of birth is.

Child's birthdayWhen you can claim
1 January to 31 Marchthe beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 Augustthe beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 Decemberthe beginning of term on or after 1 January

Example: your child was born on 15 February 2013. They'll become eligible for their funded early education and childcare from the start of term following 1 April 2016.

Disability access funding

Eligibility

Three and four year old children will be eligible for disability access funding if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child is in receipt of child disability living allowance and;
  • The child is in receipt of early years funded childcare at a North Yorkshire early years funded provider.

Parents must tell their child's early years provider that their child is in receipt of a valid disability living allowance award letter. You will be required to name the specific early years provider to enable the claim to be made.

Entitlement

The early years provider (nominated by the parent on parental agreement) will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £615 in a financial year (April to March).

Please note, a child is only eligible if they are currently in receipt of disability living allowance and will not be granted this funding if the award letter is not produced.

Disability access funding is not available for two year old children.

Inspections of early education providers

Early education providers are regulated and inspected by Ofsted. You can find out more about their inspections and read their inspection reports on the Ofsted website.

Early education - frequently asked questions

This page was last updated on 22 May 2017