Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE)
for 2, 3 and 4 year olds - aka Funding

Entitlement

Eligible 2 year olds, and all 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to the equivalent of “15 hours of free childcare a week over 38 weeks” (i.e. term time only). Settings that are open all year can spread their funding, so parents at Young Sussex Nursery receive 11.5 hours of free childcare a week over 49 weeks.

For more information on EYFE for 3 and 4 year olds, please click on either of the links below:

EYFE for 3 and 4 year olds in Brighton and Hove

EYFE for 3 and 4 year olds in Shoreham and West Sussex

Funding is currently only available for eligible 2 year olds attending qualifying nurseries. All three Young Sussex nurseries meet the high standards that qualify us to offer 2 year old funding. To see if your child is eligible, and for more information on how to claim, please click on either of the links below:

EYFE for 2 year olds in Brighton and Hove

EYFE for 2 year olds in Shoreham and West Sussex

Session Name

Maximum EYFE

Morning

4 hours

Afternoon

4 hours

School Day

6 hours

Full Day

7 hours

As such, a child attending only 2 School Days or 3 Mornings/Afternoons can claim their full annual entitlement. Your funding will be allocated to the sessions your child attends, up to the maximum shown above, until you have no further funding remaining.

How your hours are allocated, and to which sessions will mean that your monthly invoice may show the same session charged at different rates. The diagram below shows a typical scenario for a child attending 3 Full Day sessions a week (8:15am to 5:30pm). You can see that the EYFE has been roughly split across the three sessions, with a slightly reduced amount applied to Thursday’s session so as not to exceed the 11.5hr weekly maximum allowance. As a result, the balance to pay, and therefore the session cost breakdown on the monthly invoice, is shown as two different rates.

To complicate matters further, as we are open for nearly 50 weeks of the year (after Christmas and Bank Holidays have been deducted), not the 49 that are funded, there are typically 4 or so days of the year which do not attract any funding at all. These will be charged at the full rate. Funding only children will not be booked on to these sessions, but can opt to attend.

A list of our non funded days can be found here.

What will you save?

Two hours of funding applied to a four hour session will not give a 50% discount to the session cost.

As a business we strive to be clear and transparent in all that we do, especially regarding financial matters. In order to meet our EYFE obligations and still remain viable as a business, we have had to introduce measures that appear to complicate our simple pricing structure:

Be assured that the total cost for each session is still calculated by multiplying the hourly ‘base rate’ for that age group by the number of hours in the session (with discounts for longer sessions and full week attendance). However, for the purposes of calculating funding, each session is split into a period from the start of the session that is charged at the funded rate and a shorter period at the end charged at a higher, unfunded rate. Your funding entitlement is allocated to the funded rate period, with payment required for any remaining balance of the funded rate period and the full unfunded rate period.

This may or may not be clearer to view pictorially:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

4.0hrs funded

4.0hrs

3.5hrs

Balance to pay

Balance to pay

Greater balance to pay

5:30pm

This method makes saving calculations much harder for parents. However, the nursery managers have a funky little excel spreadsheet that they can use to advise you on the exact session costs and savings you will make depending on your chosen attendance. If you have access to Excel you can download the Parent version here, which will allow you to calculate your weekly and average monthly childcare costs after funding has been applied.

Funded Only Sessions

We have a limited number of funding only sessions. Please contact the nursery for availability. Any combination of the following funded only sessions, up to a maximum of 11.5hrs, can be attended at no cost:

Start

End

Session Length

£/hr

Funded Rate

Unfunded Rate

Funded Hours

Balance to Pay

*The additional half hour extra will be covered by Young Sussex at no cost.

Please note that funded only children attending sessions that are only available to 2 year olds will need to revise their attendance to suit the sessions available to 3 & 4 yr olds.

Any incidental Extra Sessions can be booked but must be paid for at the time of booking. Any increase in regular sessions to include hours outside of the funded only sessions will result in a change to how funding is applied to all sessions (in line with the maximum hours listed above). You will also be required to pay a deposit equal to two weeks of your full regular attendance.

Sessions

Maximum

 2 yr olds

3 & 4 yr olds

8:15am - 1:00pm

2 (9.5hrs)

Yes

No

1:00pm - 4:00pm

4 (12.0hrs)

*Yes*

No

1:00pm - 4:45pm

3 (11.25hrs)

Yes

Yes

1:00pm - 5:30pm

2 (9.0 hrs)

Yes

Yes

What this means for you at Young Sussex

In short, once your child is entitled to receive funding, the cost of your childcare will go down. Funding is paid to the nursery on your behalf by the Local Authority. Your monthly invoices will show the number of hours that are now attended free of charge, and you will be liable to pay any balance for additional hours your child attends.

So far so simple

Be forewarned that the theory of EYFE is simple, but its implementation and how it works in practice is far from it. Please read on only if you have a clear head and a strong cup of coffee by your side!

Each childcare provider must comply with the conditions set out by central government. Local authorities then impose their own (broadly similar) requirements that must be met. Within these parameters, providers may then stipulate how the funding is offered to suit their operational needs. What follows is information on how Young Sussex offers funding. Other nurseries’ guidelines will differ.

When can you use your EYFE?

Each session has a maximum amount of EYFE allocated, as follows:

Term

Start Date

Autumn

1 September

Spring

1 January

Summer

1 April

When will your child be eligible?

Please be aware that your child will be eligible for funding from the start of the term after their third birthday (or second birthday, if eligible), and not on their actual birthday. Equally, 2 yr old funding will continue until the end of the term in which your child’s third birthday falls, at which point 3 & 4 yr old funding applies.

The term start dates are as follows: