Becoming a Provider of free early education

Becoming a Provider of Free Early Education

If you have decided you want to offer Free Early Education (FEE) places, your first step is to contact the Free Early Education Team (FEE Team) via email, stating you wish to become an FEE provider.  Please include your setting name, address, postcode and your Ofsted Unique Reference number in the email.  
The FEE Team will undertake initial checks to ensure that you are eligible to become an FEE provider, if you are eligible we will then advise you of the next steps in order to become an eligible FEE provider. 
You will only become an eligible FEE provider once all the relevant forms have been completed and processed by the FEE Team.  Please note you will not be able to claim for any children, until you have received our confirmation email that you are now an FEE eligible provider.
Note: We cannot accept requests to become a new provider during our busiest time each term when we are processing funding claims. These dates are as follows:
  • Spring 2018 - Monday 15th January 2018 to Friday 9th February 2018
  • Summer 2018 - Monday 16th April 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018 
  • Autumn 2018 - Monday 17th September 2018 to Friday 12th October 2018