Scribbles Pre-School, Leigh
Scribbles Pre-School, Leigh

Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE)


Every child is entitled to the Universal 15 hours of free childcare per week, over 38 weeks of the year, this is a maximum of 570 hours in a funding year.  At which time we require to see your child’s birth certificate.  Without this evidence of your child’s eligibility the pre-school will be unable to claim on your behalf. 


A child’s funding year starts the term after their 3rd Birthday in line with the table below:


Child First Becomes Eligible for Funding

Children Born in Period

Terms Included in the Funding Year

September (Autumn Term)

1st April to 31st August

Autumn, Spring and Summer

January (Spring Term)

1st September to 31st December

Spring, Summer and Autumn

April (Summer Term)

1st January to 31st March

Summer, Autumn and Spring.


Example – If your child attends a total of 16 hours across a week, the first 15 hours will automatically be claimed for those children in receipt of the universal entitlement/Free for 2 placements.  The remaining 1 hour will be charged at £6 per hour.


For the Academic Year 2020-2021 the Date of Birth (D.O.B) range is as follows for EYFE


DOB Range



3 Year Olds

4 Year Olds

Whole DOB Range

Autumn 21

01/09/17 to 31/08/18

01/09/16 to 31/08/17

01/09/16 to 31/08/18

Spring 22

01/01/18 to 31/12/18

01/01/17 to 31/12/17

01/01/17 to 31/12/18

Summer 22

01/04/18 to 31/03/19

01/04/17 to 31/03/18

01/04/17 to 31/03/19

Autumn 22

01/09/18 to 31/08/19

01/09/17 to 31/08/18

01/09/17 to 31/08/19



Extended Entitlement (30 Hours)


Eligibility Criteria- “Parents of 3 & 4-year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare:”

  • Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • your income (and your partner’s income, if you have one)
  • your child’s age and circumstances
  • your immigration status
  • You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.

    If you are working

    You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work
  • on sick leave or annual leave
  • on shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • If you’re on adoption leave for a child aged 3 to 4 years old, you must return to work within 31 days of the date you first apply for 30 hours free childcare for that child.

    If your working pattern has changed because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

    You may still be eligible for 30 hours free childcare if you’re temporarily working less and either:

  • you’re on furlough through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • you’re claiming a Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant
  • If you are not currently working

    You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.

    You can apply if you’re starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.

    Your income

    You’ll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

    For example, over the next 3 months you expect to earn at least £1,853.28 - the National Living Wage for people over 23.

    If you have a partner, they’ll need to expect to earn at least this much too.

    If you or your partner are temporarily earning less than this amount because of coronavirus, you may still be eligible. You must be furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or claiming a Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant to qualify.

    If you’re self-employed and do not expect to make enough profit in the next 3 months, you can use an average of how much you expect to make over the current tax year.

    This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

    If you or your partner have an expected ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000 in the current tax year you will not be eligible. This includes any bonuses you expect to get.

Please see further information at


If you are claiming the extended hours for your child, this can be completed through the online platform “childcare choices” where you will need to set-up a government gateway account.  The parents have the responsibility for claiming, sharing eligibility codes and renewing in the allotted timeframes prior to the Grace period finishing.  Please note that any child in their “Grace Period” when beginning a claim will be unable to.  If for any reason the additional hours are removed from a parent where circumstances change the pre-school will offer a 15-hour pattern only. 


Free Entitlement Important Information

  • Funding can be “shared” between two or more settings, parents MUST state clearly on the forms who is claiming what hours, especially when using the extended entitlement.   
  • Funding is applied and claimed for by the pre-school.  You will receive notice prior to your child reaching the start of their free entitlement
  • Forms are sent out to parents to be completed and returned to the setting, failure to return completed forms by the given deadline may result in the pre-school not claiming and therefore your child’s place will be subject to the fee’s mentioned above.
  • You will receive reminders as to when to claim for your next eligibility on the extended codes, this does not come directly from the pre-school and is the parent’s responsibility.
  • For universal entitlement you can only claim a maximum of 15 hours, across any setting’s or other childcare providers.

Free for Two (FF2) Places: -


Children who qualify for “Free for Two” are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week, over 38 weeks of the year, this is a maximum of 570 hours in a funding year.  The 15 hours can be claimed across one or more providers i.e. childminders. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The families receive working tax credits and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 per year.
  • The families receive universal credit and have an annual net income of no more than £15,400 per year.
  • They have a current statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • They are entitled to Disability Living Allowance
  • They are looked after by the local authority
  • They are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a child arrangement order which specifies with whom the child lives.



 In July, the government permanently extended eligibility for the free early education entitlement for the most   disadvantaged two-year-old children whose parent(s) meet the following conditions:

 a.That they are excluded from claiming public funds as a consequence of their immigration status, or their lack of   immigration status.



 b.They are in receipt of support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.


 Eligible children can start claiming after they turn two, depending on when their birthday is.


A child born between:

Can access a FF2 place from:

1st April – 31st August (inclusive)

The start of term 1 following their second birthday (after the summer holidays)

1st September – 31st December (inclusive)

The start of term 3 following their second birthday (after Christmas/New Year)

1st January – 31st March (inclusive)

The start of term 5 following their second birthday (after April holiday)



There is a rolling programme for 2 year olds & eligible children can start in a FF2 place at any point during the term, in accordance with the eligibility confirmed start date.



Pattern of Delivery


Our Free Early Education places are available to use at any session during operating hours. However, having entitlement to a FEE place does not guarantee a space, this will purely come down to available spaces. 


More information about Free for Two can be provided to you and claims are completed either online, or directly through the pre-school.


Please follow the link above for further information on claiming up to 30 hours FREE childcare with us.  Please note that we currently only operate for 25 hours per week, entitlement hours however can be used with more than one provider. 

Fee & Funding Information
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