Three and four year old funding

Is your family living on a low income or claiming income based benefits? Does your 2 year old have additional needs or has left care? 

You may be entitled to claim a maximum of 15 hours during term time or 11 hours per week throughout the year.

Children will be given the opportunity to experience high quality early years education with the support of a trained, high quality registered childminder, nursery or pre-school. The aim of the programme is to enable your child to receive high quality early education that will help them to be school ready.

Who is eligible?

Two-year-olds whose family receives one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Universal Credit – For places starting in the summer term of 2018 (on or after 1st April 2018), or any subsequent term, if a parent is entitled to Universal Credit they must have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.

Two-year-olds who meet any one of the following criteria will also be eligible:

  • If they meet the eligibility criteria also used for free school meals
  • If their families receive Working Tax credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year
  • If they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
  • If they attract Disability Living Allowance
  • If they are looked after by their local authority including foster carers
  • If they have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order

This entitlement is available in the term after an eligible child’s 2nd birthday. You should be able to keep your child at your preferred provider until they can access a school place, normally in the September after their 3rd birthday. Your entitlement will continue to be free regardless of whether your family’s financial circumstances change.

When will my child/ren be eligible for their free place?

Child’s second birthday falls between: They will be entitled to their free place from: Contact the Council to apply for a places from:
1 January and 31 March The start of the Summer term in April From January
1 April and 31 August The start of the Autumn term in September From April
1 September and 31 December The start of the Spring term in January From September

When to apply?

You can send in an application when your child is 18 months old. Any applications for children under 18 months old will not be processed and will be declined.

How can I apply?

Register online and apply for free early education for your 2 year olds

You can now complete your 2 year old funding request using our online application form. This is the quickest and clearest way to ensure your information is received by the Early Years Team.

The details you provide will be used to check if your child is eligible for a free place. This information will also be used to register your family with your local children’s centre if you are not already registered to ensure you are kept informed of local services that can benefit your family.

It can take a few weeks to process applications provided the form is completed correctly. If your application has been successful, it will be placed into a central waiting list and you will be contacted by a setting once a placement becomes available.

This information is provided by IBHF, to find out more visit: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/

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Testimonials

The Little People of Willow Vale nursery is so friendly and welcoming. My son is now 3 years old and has been attending for the last 18 months. He has benefitted so much from his sessions at the nursery in terms of his language development, social skills and learning good routines. All the ladies who look after the children are so caring and nurturing, they really get to know the children well and make them feel loved and supported.

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Willow Vale? Extremely Likely

Helena V (Mother of Child)
April 14, 2019

My son is 16 months and has been in the nursery for 10 months now.
Amazing and caring staff. They get to really know all the babies and adapt to their specific requirements and personalities. The babies do many different activities and go outside to the garden or park every day. They get to learn a lot. Parents are informed daily through an app on what the babies have eaten, the sleeping times and activities the babies have done through the day which is really nice.

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

Capucine C (Mother of Child)
April 12, 2019

Deeply human and genuinely caring nursery staff.

I feel rest assured every day that my girl is taken good care of. While Little People of Fulham may seem a bit small, the teachers more than make up for it and the outdoor area is super nice.

I'm amazed by my 3-year-old daughter telling me about all the bones in the human body, continents, seasons, numbers, showing me her ballet and yoga skills and talking to me in Spanish.

I'm very happy my little one goes to Little People Nursery.

Max Z (Father of Child)
April 15, 2019

We love Little People of Fulham! The practitioners are all kind and warm and our 11 month old daughter loves spending the day with them. The nursery is well managed and has great facilities. We love getting regular updates from the practitioners that let us know what our daughter has been doing, whether she has slept and what she has had for lunch. The nursery organises well thought out programmes of activity and sends excellent communications and newsletters. We are so glad that our daughter goes to this nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

Sophy M (Mother of Child)
April 12, 2019
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