What is Early Education Entitlement?
Early Education Entitlement is effectively free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds (and some 2 year olds who meet certain criteria), funded by the government. All children are entitled to 570 free hours at nursery per year, starting from the term after their third birthday. You are able to book additional hours on top of your free hours if you would like to.
When can my child access their Early Education Entitlement?
All children can begin to receive their free education hours from the term after their third birthday:
|A child born on or between…||Can access their free entitlement…|
|1st April – 31st August||Beginning of the Autumn term|
|1st September – 31st December||Beginning of the Spring term|
|1st January – 31st March||Beginning of the Summer term|
Funding then continues at Muddy Boots until your child starts Reception Class at school, in the year they turn 5.
How is the Early Education Entitlement worked out at Muddy Boots?
At Muddy Boots Nursery we offer the funding in two ways:
- Full Year Place: For children who attend for the full year (51 weeks), the 570 hours of funding is spread evenly throughout the year, giving you an equal amount to pay each month. This equates to 11 hours of free funding per week.
- Term Time Only Places: Muddy Boots offers Term Time Only Places, available on an extremely limited basis only to children who are eligible for the 3 year old funding. Children who attend term time only (38 weeks) are entitled to 15 hours of free funding per week.
Now that your child is 3, you also have the option for them to start attending ‘Pre-School Sessions’ at Muddy Boots if you wish. Again these are extremely limited and only available once your child is eligible for the 3 year old funding:
|Session||Session Times||Price||Funded hours available|
|Pre-School Day||9am – 4pm||£33.00||7|
|Pre-School Morning||9am – 12pm||£15.50||3|
|Pre-School Afternoon||1pm – 4pm||£15.50||3|
|Please note, any hours booked that do not fall into funding are charged as extra|
If paying for hours over and above your funding, this will continue to be worked out as a monthly average to spread the costs evenly over the year;
|Standard Place||Weekly Fee x 52 / 12 = Monthly Fee|
|Term Time Only Place||Weekly Fee x 38 / 12 = Monthly Fee|
What do I have to do to access the Early Education Entitlement?
Around the beginning of each term, you will be asked to sign a Parent Declaration Form, setting out the agreed hours and pattern of access to the free entitlement. Your entitlement may be split with another provider if you wish – if you decide to access your free education at more than one provider you will be asked to sign a parent declaration at both settings.
Signing the parent declaration commits parents and the nursery to a termly contract. Due to the rules set down by the Local Authority, it is not possible to change the pattern of your free entitlement or change to a different provider during that term, except under exceptional circumstances and with the agreement of the Local Authority.
What happens if my child already attends Muddy Boots?
If your child already attends Muddy Boots, once you are eligible for funding we will assume you want to continue your pattern of attendance unless you tell us otherwise, and we will automatically convert some of your childcare sessions to funded sessions. You will be asked to sign a Parental Declaration Form each term.
For any queries regarding funding, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.