Childcare providers' support

Funding and financial help

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Early Education Funding (EEF)

Early Education Funding (EEF) is paid to eligible early years providers for delivering the free flexible early education entitlement of 15 hours/week for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. New Statutory Guidance took effect in September 2014: Early Education and Childcare|External link

The process for claiming EEF is detailed in your Provider Agreement, and in the EEF guidance section, together with the main steps for submitting a headcount claim.

What happens?

EEF Guidance

Sample parental declaration forms:

For further help or advice on any funding issues relating to Free Early Learning and the Headcount process or how to complete the forms, please contact the Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Team.

Advertise your childcare service

To advertise your childcare service for free with the Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Team, please contact the Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Team.

We will take details of your service, including vacancies, opening hours, fees, school pick-ups etc and store them on our database. Information will be sent to parents and professionals seeking advice about childcare and early years provision in Calderdale. 

Marketing your business

We can also support with advice on marketing your business. Before undertaking any marketing, you need to decide what your ‘unique selling point’ is - what makes your business different to others in the area? It is important that you know where your business is coming from. This will tell you how effective your marketing activities have been. The key to success is understanding and meeting your customers’ needs and regularly reviewing and updating this information. For information on the childcare market in Calderdale, please visit Childcare sufficiency assessment

If you are starting to think ahead to the introduction of 30 hours of free childcare for eligible 3 and 4 year olds, we've produced a fact sheet to help get you started;

Introduction of 30 hours free childcare fact sheet [PDF file 97KB]|PDF file

Nursery Milk Scheme

Under the Nursery Milk Scheme, children under 5 can receive free of charge 189 ml (1/3 pint) of milk for each day they attend approved day care facilities for 2 hours or more.

Babies aged under 12 months may instead receive dried baby milk made up to 189ml (1/3 pint).

Day care providers who have been approved to supply milk under the scheme can be reimbursed the cost of the milk they supply. For more details of the scheme please visit - Nursery Milk|External link

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) guidance

HMRC offer a range of e-learning packages, webinars and videos aimed to help you with tax, national insurance, record keeping and registering.


Webinars and video guides

Other guides


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Last Updated: 08/04/2016