Nursery Entitlement Funding (NEF)

What is NEF?

NEF stands for Nursery Entitlement Funding and is a government scheme which allows Tommies to offer free nursery places during school term time.

How much free childcare does NEF provide?

There are currently 3 models of NEF:

  • 15 hours per week for 2-year-old’s (subject to eligibility)
  • 15 hours per week for 3 & 4-year-old’s
  • 30 hours per week for 3 & 4-year-old’s (subject to eligibility)

As a parent or carer, you can claim up to a maximum of 15 or 30 hours per week over 3 academic terms (Spring, Summer and Autumn). The total number of weeks over the 3 academic terms is 38.

How to access NEF

Tommies Childcare currently offers 2 methods of claiming for FEF. Parents can access NEF-only sessions (subject to availability) during term time. Alternatively, parents can ‘stretch’ their NEF funding over the whole year. Please contact us for more information.

When does a child become eligible for NEF?

Children are eligible for NEF from the first term after the date they turn 2 or 3-years-old, to the last term before they attend school.

A child born on or before:
1 April and 31 August
1 September and 31 December
1 January and 31 March
Can access free places from:
The beginning of the Autumn term
The beginning of the Spring term
The beginning of the Summer term

Eligibility Criteria for 2-Year-Old’s (15 Hours)
Eligibility criteria for 2-year-old’s can vary depending on which Local Authority your child’s nursery is situated in. Please follow the links below to check your Local Authority’s eligibility criteria:

Coventry City Council
Warwickshire County Council

Eligibility Criteria for 3 & 4-Year-Old’s (15 Hours)
No additional criteria is required for any 3 or 4-year-old to be eligible to receive the 15 hours NEF.

Eligibility Criteria for 3 & 4-Year-Old’s (30 Hours)
Please visit the Childcare Choices website to see if you are eligible to claim for 30 hours NEF.

How to apply for NEF

If you would like to apply for 15 hours NEF for a 2, 3 or 4-year-old, you can apply through your child’s nursery when registering your child’s place.

If you would like to apply for 30 hours NEF for a 3 or 4-year-old, you will need to apply through the Childcare Support Service. If your application is successful, you will be provided with a unique 11-digit code which must be shared with your child’s nursery so that it can be verified by the Local Authority. More information can be found at Childcare Choices.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Tommies Childcare can claim additional funding for children through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

The EYPP was introduced in 2015 to support children’s development, learning and care. If you have older children, you may be familiar with the pupil premiums which are available for school-age children and the benefits they offer. The EYPP offers similar benefits for younger children.

The EYPP entitles our nurseries to an additional 53p per hour of childcare for 3 & 4-year-old children whose parents are in receipt of benefits, or if the child was previously in Local Authority care but left because they were adopted, subject to a Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order. You must also be in receipt of Free Entitlement Funding to claim for the EYPP.

Our nurseries can receive up to £302 per year, per child that takes up Free Entitlement Funding. This additional money can be put towards developing your child’s nursery. For example, the money can be used for additional staff training, new nursery equipment or maintenance which will allow your child’s nursery to improve the quality of year years’ education we provide.