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Early Years Free Entitlement

For 3 and 4-year-olds

Early Years Free Entitlement: Welcome

What is the Free Entitlement?

All 3 and 4-year-olds are, from the term after their third birthdays, entitled to free early years provision up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks per year (term-time) or stretched to 570 hours if the child attends year-round. This is called "universal funding" in Brighton and Hove. You do not need to formally apply for 15hr "universal" funding through the government, you can apply for universal funding, directly through us. 

Some 3 and 4-year-olds whose parents are working  are entitled to an additional 15 hours per week, ie. 30 hours term-time or 1140 stretched across the year, this is called the 'Extended' or '30 hours' in Brighton and Hove. You need to confirm your eligibility for 'extended' hours, if successful, you will be provided with a unique 11-digit-code, which you will pass to us when applying for a place. 

Early Years Free Entitlement: Text


The government set the timetable for when children are able to claim their funding. Children are eligible for EYFE from the first term after the date they turn 3-years-old, to the last term before they attend school

Born between

1 April and 31 August

These children can access their entitlement from the beginning of the Autumn term
1st September.

Born between

1 Sept and 31 Dec

These children can access their entitlement from the beginning of the Spring term
1st January.

Born between

1 Jan and 31 March

These children can access their entitlement from the beginning of the Summer term
1st April.

Early Years Free Entitlement: List
Image by Phillip Glickman


We accept 'universal' and 'extended' EYFE

As all families' timetables differ we offer a flexible approach to how we apply funding to your sessions. How much you pay will depend on the number of hours your child attends each week, whether you are term time only or all year round and whether you are eligible for 'extended' hours or not. Follow the buttons below to find out what options are available to you. First, select your attendance... (if you would like FREE hours only, choose all year round)

Early Years Free Entitlement: About Us
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