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FAQ about FEEE funding for 2-year olds

Where can I find the eligibility criteria?

Information on eligibility criteria

How can parents check if they are eligible?

This can be done online either by the parent directly using Leicestershire’s Citizen Portal or you can complete an assisted application using the Provider Portal.

Parents can find further information about how to complete the check themselves.

Guide to checking eligibility using the Provider Portal for providers

When is the child eligible from?

A child born between:Will be eligible for a free place from:
1 April and 31 August
1 Sept and 31 December
1 January and 31 March
The start of the autumn term after their 2nd birthday
The start of the spring term after their 2nd birthday
The start of the summer term after their 2nd birthday

If a child attends my provision that lives out of county, which local authority pays for the funding?

Leicestershire children accessing the funding outside of Leicestershire will be paid by the Local Authority they take up their early years place in. Likewise, Leicestershire Local Authority will fund children taking up their place in Leicestershire Childcare Providers who live out of county.

If a child has been approved out of county, what do I need to do?

If a child has been approved by another local authority but wants to attend a county provision, you will need to send in proof of confirmation. Please send this via AnyComms+ FAO Sarah Johnson.

What documents do I need before I make a claim?

  • A copy of each child’s birth certificate / passport or medical card.
  • A signed/dated Parental Statement of Undertaking (PSOU) which clearly states how many hours the parent/carer wants you to claim for. 
  • CURN (child’s unique reference number). When making a claim for eligible 2 year olds, providers must ensure that they have the correct CURN relating to the eligible child in order to submit a claim.
  • A copy of the letter sent to the parent/carer to confirm the funding.

How do I claim?

You will need to complete the relevant Headcount Form for the term. Please note you will have to record the CURN. It is imperative that providers enter this number on the Headcount Form, as failure to do so may result in non-payment of the funding.

Where do I get the CURN from?

The CURN is the application reference number generated by the Citizen Portal or the Provider Portal if you have completed as assisted check. If the parent completed the check using the citizen portal, they need to provide this to you. If you completed the check using your provider portal, you will be able to find this by using ‘search for assisted applications’ from your two year old funding portal page.

How much funding will I be paid?

Providers who are supporting the delivery of the 2 year old funding will be paid a flat rate, which is stated in your provider agreement.

Do children claiming 2 year old funding qualify for EYPP?

No – EYPP is only applicable to eligible 3 and 4 year olds. 2 year olds who received the funding and are entering into 3 and 4 year old funding are not immediately eligible - please ensure you check all children you think may be eligible for EYPP funding.

If a child is claiming 2 year funding and has now turned 3, what do I need to do?

The child will still be eligible to claim for the 2 year old funding until the term after their 3rd birthday. Then at this point you will need to delete them from the 2 year old headcount form and add them to the 3 and 4 year old headcount form.

Can the 2 year old funding be stretched?

Yes - A parent / carer cannot insist that a provider offers this opportunity, but if you can accommodate a parents / carers request and it will benefit the child we would definitely recommend you doing so. If you would like some advice on how to implement / administer a stretched offer please contact us on 0116 305 5788 or email: feee@leics.gov.uk.

What happens if a parent/carer(s) circumstances change after successfully applying for the 2 year old funding?

Once a child is eligible for the funding this can be claimed until the child is eligible for the 3/4 year old funding - even if their circumstances change.

Can parents continue to claim child tax credits once they take up a funded place?

Once a child takes up a funded place they cannot claim child tax credits for childcare that they are getting through the entitlement. Parents should contact HMRC for advice.

Can I offer the 2 year old funding if I am newly registered and do not have an Ofsted grade?

Yes, however once you are inspected if you do not receive a grade of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ you will be removed from the list of providers able to offer the 2 year old funding and funding may be withdrawn as soon as practicable. This will depend on the outcome of the Ofsted inspection.

What if my Ofsted grade changes? Can I continue to offer 2 year old funded places?

If you do not receive an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ you will be removed from the list of providers offering the 2 year old funding. Any children already accessing the funding at your provision will continue to be funded, however you will not be in a position to take any new children until your Ofsted grade once again reflects good or outstanding. Please refer to the Removal of FEEE funding policy for further guidance.

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