To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:
From September 2014 your child will also be eligible if:
In addition all looked after children and children who have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order will be eligible.
Children are eligible the term after their second birthday.
The term dates are the same every year and are set by the Government:
|Second birthday between||Eligible from||Submit application|
|1 April – 31 August||Autumn term starting in September||After 31 March|
|1 September – 31 December||Spring term starting in January||After 31 August|
|1 January – 31 March||Summer term starting in April||After 31 December|
If your child has already been offered a funded place, this does not change anything. Your child will continue to access the Early Education Funding (EEF) for Two Year Olds scheme until they are eligible for universal 3-4 year old early education entitlement.
If you move away from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, funding will stop and you will need to reapply to the local authority in which you now live.
In the first instance you need to be registered with your local Children’s Centre.
A maximum of 15 hours over 38 weeks (term time only), though in some cases there may be flexibility. Please contact the Family Information Service (see below for contact details).
The Family Information Service will find a suitable place of high quality, which may be either a childminder or a nursery.
No – all fees will be paid direct to the childcare provider.
Regular monitoring of attendance will take place. If your child does not attend, the place may be offered to someone else unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you decide to remove your child from the childcare provider, you must inform the Family Information Service.
All children are entitled to receive universal early education entitlement following the term after their third birthday. We endeavour to place children where they can move smoothly from two to three year old funding.
If your childcare provider is unable to accommodate your child when your child is three you should inform the Family Information Service who will find you an alternative childcare provider.
You may wish to register your child for a local authority nursery place at age three. Please note that these places are limited and that you will need to put your child’s name down when they turn two.
For further information please contact: the Family Information Service, your local children’s centre, health visitor or other professional.
We can only process applications relating to Richmond Borough residents. If you live outside this area you will need to apply to your local council.
Updated: 10 September 2014