Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 3 & 4 Years of Age.

“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.
(we do not currently accept 2 year old funding)

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 hours per week on our stretched funding over 51 weeks.

Part day rates are not available for funded children.

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.

The Government State to nurseries:
“You should use government funding (FEEE) to provide high-quality, flexible early education and childcare. You shouldn’t use this funding to cover the cost of consumable items, such as drinks, meals, or additional services, such as baby yoga, French lessons, music lessons and trips.”

We offer two funded packages at Nursery Rhymes, these are our Gold Package which includes a “quality premium” weekly charge to cover the above items and more. Our Silver Package is available for anyone not wanting to benefit from meals or any of the other additional services that the funding does not cover.

Our Additional Services (Quality Premium fee) will be reviewed yearly alongside our annual fee review and is subject to change. Parents will receive at least 28 days’ notice of any increase via letter or email.

We operate an equality and inclusion policy and ensure that all children have access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parent(s).

Our main demand is for full time or full day – all year round – places and our business model, staffing commitments and facilities are all set-up to meet this demand. For business sustainability purposes we have to manage our allocation of places to ensure, where possible, that the take-up of nursery sessions is consistent across all days and all year round.

Applications for full-time places may need to be allocated before those for part-time places, and bookings for full day sessions and all year-round places may need to be allocated before those for part day sessions and term-time only places.

Some “FEEE only” (completely free) places will be offered, subject to availability, as part of our allocation process. No additional charges will be made for these places, but attendance will be limited to specific hours and availability.

A registration fee is usually payable, but this is not payable for “FEEE only” places.



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

  1. For funded 30 hours you need to get an eligibility code for the additional 15 hours from the Childcare Choices website.
  2. For both the universal 15 hours or the funded 30 hours  you need to sign a Parental Declaration Form for Leicester City Council to provide us with the funding.
  3. You will be sent our full FEEE admission policy.

We use an online system called Funding Loop to send and collect the information from parents. Details on how Funding Loop works can be found here.

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.