Early Years and Childcare Funding

This section aims to provide you with information on all things funding, including:

  • Early years entitlements
  • Funding available for settings
  • Childcare costs

This section will also provide you with information on how you can assist the families you work with who may not be aware of the support available to them in paying towards  childcare and early education.  

 

Signing up to offer funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds

In order to offer the early years entitlements, including 2 year old funding and universal and extended funding for 3 & 4 year olds, you must be registered with Ofsted or a Childminding Agency on the Early Years Register. 

We are only able to sign up settings once registration is 'Active' and Ofsted or the Agency have confirmed this to the local authority. 

You are welcome to make enquiries prior to registration, or once it is through, to provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk.

The general process once registered is as follows:

  • Registration confirmed 
  • Provider is sent copies of the current EY Provider Agreement and sign up paperwork to become a supplier to the London Borough of Redbridge
  • Once supplier number is confirmed and the Provider Agreement signed, setting is provided with account to the Redbridge Provider Portal (the system used to provide us with funding claims information). Training on the Provider Portal arranged if required 
  • Settings can access relevant information and documents on this page (see downloads) 
Offering 2 year old funding

Two year old funding is available to children of eligible parent/carers. It offers up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year of early education. 

The 2023/24 base rate for two year old funding is £6.63 per hour. 

Parent/carers can be referred to the following guidance should they have queries on eligibility and accessing the funding - https://find.redbridge.gov.uk/kb5/redbridge/fsd/advice.page?id=_yuG5AMjG3Q

Where you have a parent/carer struggling to check their eligibility you can take the following steps:

For any further queries regarding offering the 2 Year Old funding please email us at provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk

Offering universal funding for 3 & 4 year olds

Universal funding for three & four year old children is available to all children from the term following their 3rd birthday. It offers up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year of early education (or equivalent where 'stretching' the offer over more weeks per year). 

The 2023/24 base rate for three and four year old funding is £5.06 per hour. Additional funding (average £0.13 per hour) is available for children living in a postcode identified as likely to be economically disadvantaged. 

Parent/carers can be referred to the following guidance should they have queries on eligibility and accessing the funding - https://find.redbridge.gov.uk/kb5/redbridge/fsd/advice.page?id=pgbf_aK154c

Parent/carer circumstances do not have an impact on whether the child is eligible for a universal place. To sign a child up to universal funding please complete a Parent/Carer Declaration Form with the family.  

For any further queries regarding offering the universal funding please email us at provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk

Offering extended entitlement (30 hours) for 3 & 4 year olds

Extended entitlement funding (also known as 30 hours) for three & four year old children is available to children of eligible working parents from the term following their 3rd birthday. It offers up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year of childcare (or equivalent where 'stretching' the offer over more weeks per year). 

The 2023/24 base rate for three and four year old funding is £5.06 per hour. Additional funding (average £0.13 per hour) is available for children living in a postcode identified as likely to be economically disadvantaged. 

Parent/carers can be referred to the following guidance should they have queries on eligibility and accessing the funding - https://find.redbridge.gov.uk/kb5/redbridge/fsd/advice.page?id=pgbf_aK154c

Parent/carers must apply the term before they wish to access a place, as follows:

You must apply and be identified as eligible the term before you wish to access a 30 hours place. The table below shows when you will be able to access a place:

A validity start date…

Will become eligible for the extended hours from …

1 April and 31 August

1 September following their 3rd birthday

1 September and 31 December

1 January following their 3rd birthday

1 January and 31 March

1 April following their 3rd birthday

Parent/carers must reconfirm they are eligible every 3 months or their extended entitlement place will be at risk for future terms.

For any further queries regarding offering the 30 hours funding please email us at provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) provides an additional £0.62 per hour alongside hours claimed for universal funding for eligible children. 

Early years providers are ultimately responsible for identifying eligible children, so that local authorities can provide the appropriate funding. 

The full list of criteria is available at https://www.gov.uk/get-extra-early-years-funding.  

To check if a child is eligible for EYPP ensure the parent/carer completed their information in the EYPP section on the Parent/Carer Declaration Form. Enter the parent/carer information in the child's funding claim and we will complete a check automatically* each term where we have been provided with the information. 

*please note these automated checks cannot identify those eligible for EYPP as they are currently looked after by the LA, or where they have left LA care through adoption, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order. In these instances please email us at provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk so we can complete manual checks for you. 


For guidance on how you can use allocated EYPP to support identified children, please contact EYCIT. 

Disability Access Funding (DAF)

Disability Access Funding (DAF) provides £823 per year for children accessing 3 & 4 year old funding who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). 

Parent/carers should declare that their child is eligible for DAF on the Parent/Carer Declaration Form and then this should be marked on the termly funding claim. Where we have not previously seen evidence of the child's DLA Award we will request that this is emailed to us at provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk before payment is agreed. 

Signing up to Tax Free Childcare

Guidance for childcare providers on how to sign up for and offer Tax Free Childcare can visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/providers/

Redbridge maintained schools who wish to sign up can contact provider.data@redbridge.gov.uk who will be able to provide the UTR and postcode required in the sign up process.  

Other financial support for childcare

Parents and carers can find information on the support available towards childcare and early education costs at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.

There is also a range of guidance and resources available in both a parent toolkit that you can share with families, and a provider toolkit, at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/providers/guidance-and-resources/.

Support for charities and non-profits

Charities, voluntary and/or non-profit organisations may be able to find information and support from the following external organisations and sites:

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