Funding

Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) 

“Funded 15” and “Funded 30” Hours

When your child is eligible for Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) the below information explains what parents / carers must do in plenty of time before the term after your child’s 3rd Birthday.

All children aged 3 and 4 years old are entitled to the universal 15 hours funding the term after their 3rd birthday as shown below:-

For a child born: Eligible from:
Between 1 September and 31 December 1 January or beginning of Spring term following 3rd Birthday
Between 1 January and 31 March 1 April or beginning of Summer term following 3rd Birthday
Between 1 April and 31 August 1 September or beginning of Autumn term following  3rd Birthday

From 1st September 2017 some 3-4 year olds will also be entitled to an additional 15 hours funding per week, making a total of 30 hours a week.

The government provide this based on term time only over 38 weeks of the year, so in total up to 1140 funded hours per annum.

We offer both the Funded 15 hours and Funded 30 hours on a “stretched basis” over 51 weeks, therefore giving families access to funded hours spread equally throughout the year and invoiced at the same amount each month.

On a “stretched basis” the Universal 15 hours will be given as 11 hours per week on our stretched funding over 51 weeks.

For children entitled to the Funded 30 hours this will be given as 22.3 hours per week on our stretched funding over 51 weeks.

For Funded 30 hours – You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. 

You can’t get 30 hours funded childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.

What do you as a parent / carer need to do?

  1. For both the universal 15 hours or the funded 30 hours  you need to sign a Parental Declaration Form v12017 for Leicester City Council to provide us with the funding.
  2. For funded 30 hours you need to get an eligibility code for the additional 15 hours from the Childcare Choices website.
  3. You need to provide us with the Eligibility code, Child’s Date of Birth (birth certificate or passport for us to copy)  and your National Insurance Number for us to validate.
  4. You will then need to choose either our Gold or Silver Funded Package and sign the following which explains the options available at Nursery Rhymes in more detail.
    30 hours funding letter to parents – NR

Funding can not be implemented until the above have been completed.

For further information on funding, tax-free childcare, tax credits and vouchers please visit the governments website – Childcare Choices

Parents who need assistance to apply, can call the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 and apply over
the phone.