Funded entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

Updated funding rates 2019 to 2020

Please see the updated funding rates for 2019 to 2020 and a comparison table with the rates for 2018 to 2019.

Register to deliver funded places or change your payment details

We have changed the process of how we receive information from childcare providers. You may use our new online form to:

  • register to deliver funded places
    • if you are already registered for funded childcare and education for 2 year olds but wish to register for funded entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds or 30 hour funded childcare
    • you do not have to re-register for 30 hour funded childcare if you already offer funded entitlement but you do still need to ensure that you have completed an annual provider agreement
  • complete the annual provider agreement
    • the annual provider agreement must be completed to continue to receive early years funding. Please note that the updated provider agreement for 2019 to 2020 will be available shortly – additional time for submissions will be allocated accordingly.
  • update your bank details

Register to deliver funded places, update bank details or complete an annual agreement


Elements of the funding are determined, directly or indirectly, by the degree of deprivation (as defined by the National Index of Multiple Deprivation) attached to the postcode of the setting or the domestic residence of children attending the setting.

For information regarding postcodes in areas of deprivation, Children's Centre reach areas and districts please use the below document:

Below is a list of postcodes in the county together with a deprivation rating of the postcode:

Visit the Department for Education (DfE) website for more information.

How do I claim the funded entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds?

Headcount day information

 For information on headcount dates and the dates that forms will be open, please see the documents below:

Registered providers can make their headcount claims by logging into the provider portal and completing them. 

Please use the below guidance document for information on how to use the provider portal:

Following the monthly payment of headcount claims a detailed report will be sent to providers to give a full breakdown of payments and all Early Years supplements received. A guidance document for these reports can be found below:

Other information regarding funding claims will be made available in the Early Years Bulletin.

Parental declaration

Below is the parental declaration that acts as the contract between the family and the provider of the funded childcare for 2 year olds, the funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds and 30 hours funded childcare.

Please note: The privacy notice must be viewed by the parent or ​carer before they sign the parental declaration.

If you require assistance regarding the parental declaration, please do not hesitate to contact us at

EYSFF indicative budgets

To find information on the provisional EYSFF Indicative Budgets for 2018 to 2019, please visit the council's Budget Information pages.

Statutory guidance - early years and childcare

The county council is bound by the statutory guidance. These guidelines are issued to all local authorities by the Department for Education (DfE) on the delivery of the funded childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Operational guidance

SEND Code of Practice

Local authorities must ensure they meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010 and take account of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 0 to 25 when securing funded places.