Information for parents of 3 and 4-year-olds accessing Early Education Funding

From April 2015 all early years providers who deliver Government funded early education will be able to claim EYPP for eligible three and four-year-old children. Parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits to be eligible:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Children looked after by the Local Authority for 1 day or more, children adopted from care and children who have left care through a special guardianship arrangement (previously known as a residence order) also qualify for the Early Years Pupil Premium.

Registering could result in extra funding for your child’s early years provider

Registering could provide up to an extra £353.40 for your child’s nursery, pre-school or childminder to fund valuable support that could include; extra training or resources to help raise the quality of your child’s early education.

Disability Access Fund

From April 2017 the Government has introduced a new funding measure for early years providers, the Disability Access Fund (DAF), to support children with disabilities. The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or helping with building capacity (be that for the child in question or for the benefit of children as a whole attending the setting).

Eligibility for Disability Access Fund (DAF)

3 and 4-year-olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA) and;
  • the child receives free early education (via the universal entitlement or extended childcare hours).

Note: 4-year-olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF. Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3.


  • The settings of eligible children will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £828 per child, per year. The DAF is not based on an hourly rate and is an additional entitlement.
  • Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF. Children in receipt of the DAF will be eligible where they take up any period of free entitlement.

Thank you for completing the parental declaration form and helping to make sure your child’s early years provider is as well funded as possible

We are committed to ensuring that the personal and sensitive information that we hold about you is protected and kept safe and secure, and we have measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. For further information on this please visit We will use the information you provide to assess entitlement to the EYPP and/or the DAF.