Early Education Funding (EEF)

Early Education Funding (EEF) is paid to eligible early years providers. This is for delivering the funded flexible early education entitlement for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. New Statutory Guidance was effective from 1st September 2017 and updated in March 2018: Early education and childcare (GOV.uk).

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

What happens?

  1. You submit data, via the online portal, during the Forecast task. This enables us to make your initial 100% estimate payment.
  2. You submit further data via the online portal during the Actual task. This enables us to pay the balancing payment to include any Early years pupil premium (EYPP), Disability access funding (DAF) and deprivation payments due.

Guidance

Title Document
How to become an approved setting providing quality early learning experiences for eligible two, three and four year olds in Calderdale.
Headcount portal user guide.
Headcount checklist for the Forecast and Actual Tasks.
Calendar of the EEF funding periods in Calderdale.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP): factsheet for private, voluntary and independent childcare providers.
Making the most of funding for every child in Early Education: a guide for Early Education providers.
Reference guide for using the Assisted Applications portal & Placements (two year old funding).
Sample parental declaration forms.
30 hours - the parent journey.

30 hour confirmation deadlines

Spring Funding Period 2019

All parents who are working and have a 3 and 4 year old who are seeking to have funded extended hours (30 hours funding) must make sure they have applied to HMRC no later than 31st December 2018. All existing parents whose children already take up the extended hours must make sure their eligibility code is valid / reconfirmed no later than 31st December 2018 by accessing their Childcare Choices account.

Summer Funding Period 2019

All parents who are working and have a 3 and 4 year old who are seeking to have funded extended hours (30 hours funding) must make sure they have applied to HMRC no later than 31st March 2019. All existing parents whose children already take up the extended hours must make sure their eligibility code is valid / reconfirmed no later than 31st March 2019 by accessing their Childcare Choices account.

Autumn Funding Period 2019

All parents who are working and have a 3 and 4 year old who are seeking to have funded extended hours (30 hours funding) must make sure they have applied to HMRC no later than 31st August 2019. All existing parents whose children already take up the extended hours must make sure their eligibility code is valid / reconfirmed no later than 31st August 2019 by accessing their Childcare Choices account.

Always open first panel: 
Calderdale Council do not have any discretionary funding and will not be offering the additional hours to any parents / carers who have applied after the deadline dates of 31st August, 31st December or 31st March, even if their code is dated before the 14th September, 14th January or 14th April. All codes must still be verified in the usual way before a place is offered to a parent.

 

For more help or advice on funding issues relating to the funded early entitlement and the Headcount process, please contact:
  • Username Early Years Learning and Childcare Team
  • Email eef@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Address
    Town Hall
    Halifax
    HX1 1TP

See also