Early Years Funding Process

Funding: The Early Years Funding Portal for providers registered to offer funded places opens once per term for claims. Providers will receive an automated email with your personal link to the portal

  • See the Providers Guidance for more information on the portal and claiming.
  • Provider Guidance for Schools and Academies.
  • Providers who have made a claim will receive a confirmation report on the portal, any adjustments to claims after the confirmation report stage can only be made via the Claims Adjustment Form
  • Payments are made monthly based on estimated and actual claims.

For more detailed information on Early Years Funding please refer to: 2021-22 Provider Agreement and the 2021-22 Further information booklet If you wish to register your school or childcare provision to receive Early Years Funding for 2, 3 or 4 Year Olds please download: Registering for funded places

Encouraging parents to take up free early years entitlements

We know that some families are not currently taking up free early years entitlements that they are entitled to and we understand that this may be due to a change in employment circumstances or concerns around mixing with other children as we recover from the pandemic.  This booklet provides information for parents on encouraging them to take up their free early years entitlements, which you may wish to share with them. 

Dealing with Parental Disputes

The Early Years Team are occasionally contacted by parents with queries around their free early years entitlement place.  All parents are encouraged to initially contact their early years provider with their query and to exhaust the provider's own complaints process before contacting the Council.  If the parent does not receive an answer they consider satisfactory from the provider, they can contact the Council via the Have Your Say process and the Early Years Team will look into the query.  The process for this is outlined in this document for parents entitled ‘Information on financial disputes for parents/carers relating to free early years entitlement places for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds’.  It outlines the Council's responsibilities, the responsibilities of the provider as detailed in the Provider Agreement, the process for raising concerns around the free early years entitlements & how these will be dealt with.