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Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE)

The provision of FEEE enables all eligible 2 year old children to receive 570 hours each year of free childcare. This can be taken for a minimum of 38 weeks, which is equivalent to 15 hours each week, or can be stretched across 51 weeks. Children are entitled to a maximum of 10 hours per day, which may be available between the hours of 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week. Children can access this funding from the term after their 2nd birthday, up until the term after their 3rd birthday, when they will be able to access the FEEE for 3 and 4 year olds.

What are the eligibility criteria for 2 year old FEEE?

They will be eligible if their parent/carer is in receipt of one of the following:

  • income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax

  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • they’re looked after by a local council

  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan

  • they get Disability Living Allowance

  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

You can check a child’s eligibility for 2 year old FEEE by contacting the Family Information Service on 0113 247 4386.

Our local nurseries details are linked here