Early Years Education (EYE)
Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) provides Early Years Entitlement funding for children aged two, three and four years old. The EYE funding is claimed directly by the setting from LCC. This funding can be applied to the sessions that children attend or can be used as purely funded sessions. Early Years Entitlements can only be accessed the term after your child’s 2nd or 3rd birthday (e.g. if your child turns three on 2 November – funding will be applied from the following January).
Families will qualify for free childcare for two-year old children if they meet certain criteria, such as the parent claims Income Support. A list of eligible criteria can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/eycc. Families can apply online or by calling 01522 552752
If your child is eligible for Two Year funding, you will receive an ID number. The setting will input this code to the LCC Early years Hub to confirm eligibility allowing your child to access funded sessions.
All children aged three and four are entitled to Early Years Entitlement funded sessions. These children are entitled to either 15hrs per week of term-time only free education or 12hrs of free education a week stretched over 48 weeks subject to availability.
Some families may be entitled to 30 hours of Early Years Entitlements, for which families should check their eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. If your child is entitled to 30 hours funding, you will receive an 11-digit code from HMRC which the setting must verify before funding can be accessed. These children are entitled to either 30hrs per week of term time only free education or 24hrs of free education stretched over 48 weeks subject to availability.
All parents are required to complete a Parental Declaration Form prior to their child accessing any EYE funded sessions. Details are requested before the beginning of the Autumn, Spring or Summer term and will include children’s details as well as those of parents (Names, DOB, National Insurance numbers, 2-year ID or 30-hour code). These details will be used by LCC to inform the setting of EYE eligibility and to verify that some children may qualify for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
Parents can choose how they access Early Year’s Education for their child based from the following options:
- 15 hours of free provision over 38 weeks (dates are provided annually by the setting)
- 12 hours of free provision over 48 weeks (dates are provided annually by the setting)
Funded sessions are as follows:
- 9.15pm – 3.15pm* OR
- 9.15am – 3.15pm*
*These sessions incorporate lunchtime at the beginning of or during the session; children can bring their own Healthy Packed Lunch or choose to pay an extra charge for a hot two course lunch provided by the setting and is pre-bookable see Hot Lunch Policy (Short)
You can extend your child’s funded hours (15 hours term time or 12 hours stretched) in a variety of ways:
- Pre-9.15am care from 8.00am
- Pre-9.15am care from 8.00am plus lunch till 1.00pm
- Pre- 9.15am care, hot lunch and post 3.15pm care till 4.30pm or 5.450pm
- Post 12.15pm care, hot lunch till 3.15pm
- Post 12.15pm care, hot lunch and post 3.15pm care till 4.30pm
- Post 12.15pm care, hot lunch and post 3.15pm care till 5.45pm
For children entitled to extended funding (30 hours term time or 24 hours stretched), funding can be applied to the variety of sessions that we offer, please see our Fee Structure for more information (additional pre or post care charges may apply)
Parents are required to sign a contract with the setting; this is included on the Children’s Health & Information Record. This contract will commit the parents to the sessions which they are booking for their child, and to acknowledge their understanding which elements of the session are a free entitlement and which are to be charged in accordance with the setting’s policy on Early Years Education.