Guidance for Early Education Funding Providers

The Funding Agreement

We are pleased to publish a copy of the latest version of the Funding Agreement that came into effect from 1st September 2019. 

The Parental Agreement

You must have a signed Parental Agreement in place before you make a claim for the EEF.
The Parental Agreement is a contract between you and the parent that states the agreed conditions, hours and patterns of access to the EEF. The Parental Agreement also authorises you to claim EEF funding on the parent/carer's behalf. Without this authorisation you cannot claim EEF funding.
If you do not have a signed Parental Agreement in place at headcount week you cannot make an EEF claim as you will not have authority from the parent to claim their EEF hours.
We have produced a 'model' Parental Agreement for settings, which must be used..

How to submit funding claims

You should submit your claims via the provider portal during headcount week each term. You can also submit supplementary claims for children who start or increase their hours with you after the headcount week. See the online headcount and provider portal page for more information.

Early Education Funding Rates

The table below outlines the rates that have been agreed for 2020 - 2021.  These rates will apply to both the universal 15 hours funded childcare and the extended 30 hours funded childcare.   
2 Year Olds Nursery Schools Nursery Classes PVI Childminders
Base Rate £5.08 £5.08 £5.08 £5.08
3&4 Year Olds Nursery Schools Nursery Classes PVI Childminders
Base Rate £4.29 £4.29 £4.29 £4.29
Deprivation funding will continue in 2020/21 and will be allocated to eligible providers on the same basis in 2019/20 i.e. 0.01p - 0.40p. 

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Statutory guidance

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The EYPP is additional funding that the government is making available for early years settings (including childminders) to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year olds.
You claim EYPP through the normal headcount process.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

In response to the Early Years Funding Consultation the Government has announced increased support for children with disabilities through the introduction of a Disability Access Fund (DAF) which will provide £615 per year for every eligible child. The new funding comes into effect from 1 April 2017.
The funding is available for all three and four year old children who receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and are accessing an early education funded childcare place. Four year old children who are in primary reception classes are not eligible for the funding.
Parents are required to 'nominate' the provider they want the funding to be paid to. The funding is a one-off lump sum payment and is not transferable if the child moves to a different provider part way through the financial year. Subsequent providers will not receive any funding if the DAF has already been paid.
How to claim
In order to claim the funding you must submit a copy of the child's DLA eligibility letter and completed Parental Agreement. 
In the event that more than one application is received in the financial year, the provider nominated by the parent in the first application will receive the funding.
Copies of Parental Agreements and DLA letters must be sent by secure email to or by post to EEF Team, 2nd Floor, County Hall Pitt Street, Preston, PR1 0LD.

Inclusion Fund

The Inclusion Fund provides support to early years settings to address the needs of individual children who have emerging and identified special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and promote inclusion.

All early years providers in Lancashire who are eligible for 3/4 year old funded early education (FEE) can apply for additional funding through the Inclusion Fund.

Contact the EEF Team

EEF Helpdesk: 01772 533552
Helpline for Parents: 0300 123 6712