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Funded Nursery Entitlement for Eligible 2 Year Olds

Funded nursery entitlement (FNE).

What is it?

Some 2 year olds are entitled to receive free nursery sessions. there can be taken in a school nursery who delivers 2 year old provision or with an approved day nursery or childminder.

What is my child entitled to?

Your child is entitled to receive 570 hours funded nursery education per year. This equates to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year (term time only) or 11.4 hours over 50 weeks. You do not have to take up the full entitlement however you are encouraged to do so.

Do I have to attend a session every day?

No, settings and schools have been required to offer the funded nursery entitlement more flexibly.
The offer of 570 hours can be stretched over a longer period of time but less hours a week will available. For example of how this may be taken please consult your provider or ring Kim Rowntree on 01429 284881 or Bobbie Swales on 01429 523929.

When will my child become eligible for a funded 2 year old place?

National guidelines dictate the following-

A child turning 2 year old between 1st of April and the 31st of August will be eligible for a funded place from the start of the Autumn term following their second birthday.

A child turning 2 year old between 1st of September and the 31st of December will be eligible for a funded place from the start of the spring term following their second birthday.

A child turning 2 year old between 1st of January and the 31st of March will be eligible for a funded place from the start of the summer term following their second birthday.

Can my child attend more than one setting?

Yes, 2 settings can be used, however we would encourage that your child stays with one provider as far as possible as it is important for the child to have consistency and stability.

Will the nursery sessions my child receive be of good quality?

Yes, providers offering the funded nursery entitlement must be registered with Ofsted. Being registered means that the provider must comply with the requirements of the department of Educations Code of Practice of the early education and childcare. The provider will be subject to an inspection by OFSTED, the organisation which also inspects schools to make sure that the child is being educated appropriately. Local authority staff work closely with settings to develop and enhance the learning environment and experience for your child.

How can I apply?

To apply for your child's 2 year old funded nursery entitlement complete an application on

You may be entitled to a 2 year old Funded Nursery Entitlement place if you are receiving one of more of the following:

*Income Support
*Income Related Job seekers Allowance
*Income Related Employment Support Allowance.
*Universal Credit
*Support under part 6 of the immigration and asylum act 1999
*The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
*Working Tax credit with a total annual income that does not exceed £16.190.
*Have a current SEN Statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan or claim Disability Living Allowance for the child.
*All 2 year olds that are looked after by the local authority, adopted, fostered or have a SGO.

Please note that the funded nursery entitlement is not a guarantee of placement with a particular provider. It is a guarantee that a funded place will be available for your child in Hartlepool.

The Local Authority will carry out checks as part of their remit to ensure that a child is not claiming more than their full entitlement.

This information has been provided directly by the organisation/ service provider. However it is still always a good idea to contact them to check nothing has been changed.