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Funding for 2 to 4 year olds

There are different types of funding available to support children aged 2 to 4 years old.  Some of this funding is available for families and some is paid directly to early years settings.  This section of the Local Offer website gives you a little more information about this funding and how to apply if appropriate.

Funding for Families

Free childcare for 2 year olds

There is a Government funded scheme to fund places for 2 year olds for families in England, receiving some forms of support. Once eligibility is confirmed eligibility will remain until school age even if a families circumstances change.

More information about this scheme, including an eligibility checker here.


Free childcare and education for 3 and 4 year olds 

There is an additional Government funding scheme for all 3 and 4 year olds in England.  This is not based on eligibility criteria and is open to all.

More information about this scheme here.

Extended free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early learning.

From September 2017 the government has committed to doubling the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds.

Eligible working parents will be able to access the additional free childcare in Ofsted registered childminders, schools, nurseries and out of school club who have registered to provide Early Education Entitlement places with Birmingham City Council.

More information about this scheme here.

 Help paying for childcare – Tax Free Childcare

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider via an online account.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

More information about the Tax Free Childcare More information about the Tax Free Childcare here.

Funding for Early Years settings

Inclusion Support in Early Years Funding (ISEY)

Funding for your child’s free early education entitlement is set by each individual Local Authority and will depend on your child’s age. It does not include an amount for meeting the SEND needs of children. Each Local Authority therefore has an Inclusion Fund

ISEY, Inclusion Support in Early Years, is the local authority’s early years Inclusion fund. Applications can be made by private, voluntary and independent settings as well as by maintained nursery schools who receive early education funding from Birmingham Local Authority, provided that all eligibility criteria are met.

Applications for this funding can only be made by settings with parent/carer consent, and allocations are considered and made by a multi-agency Early Years Decision Making Group.  All eligible settings regularly receive a copy of the criteria and application process so you can find out more about ISEY directly from your child’s PVI setting or Nursery School.

Early Years Pupil Premium

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for eligible 3 and 4 year olds.

An early years providers or setting is any organisation offering education for children aged under 5 years old, including nurseries and childminders.

Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.

More information about the EYPP here.

Disability Access Fund

The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings.

More information about the DAF here.