Childcare funding guide for providers
Deprivation is a key target area for the government, with an aim of narrowing the gap between children from different backgrounds.
We pay a deprivation supplement of £0.31 per hour to all 3 and 4-year-old pupils living in an SOA ranked amongst the 30% most deprived nationally.
Monthly checks will be run using the postcodes recorded against pupils, and if a pupil is found to be eligible we will pay the supplement from that point on.
Use the tool below to check whether a child attending your setting is eligible for the deprivation supplement.
If the postcode is not listed, it could be due to it either being out of the area or a new build.
2 year olds
Any family with a child attending a childcare setting in North Northamptonshire can use the Online Eligibility Checker to find out if they are eligible for 2 year old funding.
The Online Eligibility Checker issues a reference number (beginning with EC) for all checks made, including those that are not eligible. The child's parent or carer will pass their eligible reference number onto their provider.
Extended 30 hours early education and childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds
30 hours early education and childcare is available to all eligible 3 and 4 year olds where the family earn between £8,000 and £100,000.
Parents and carers need to check eligibility for their funded place every 3 months, before the following dates:
- 31 March
- 31 August
- 31 December
Extended 30 hours’ scheme for children in foster care
We have developed an online form specifically for 30 hours eligible children of foster carers.
Disability Access Fund (DAF)
The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is designed to support children with disabilities or Special Educational Needs (SEN).
The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting early education and childcare providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings (for the child in question or for the benefit of all children who attend the setting).
Providers who have funded entitlement children who are eligible for the DAF will be entitled to receive a single, one off payment of £828.
Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of funded entitlement they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
The Early Years Pupil Premium is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers by improving the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of eligible children.
All children aged 3 and 4 who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. It will be paid to early years’ providers on an hourly rate basis, at a rate of £0.62 per hour, linked to claimed hours for eligible children.
Any provider registered to offer funded early years places will receive the EYPP if they have entitled children. All parents will be asked to supply details to allow a check to be run by the Local Authority - eligible parents will trigger a payment direct to the childcare setting.
Eligibility is updated on a monthly basis in case parent’s circumstances change. The children are funded from that point on if they do become eligible.
All aspects of early education and childcare funding will be subject to scrutiny and audits by us on a regular basis.
Last updated 28 February 2024