Early Years Childcare in Dore & Totley

How do I apply for Free Early Learning?

If you are only wanting to claim FEL (up to 11hrs p/w) you do not need to apply for this online, but you will still need to complete an FEL contract at Nursery before the end of the term prior. 

Your child may also be eligible for the Governments Extended Free Entitlement Scheme (EFE). These additional EFE childcare hours are available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent is earning the equivalent of 16hrs p/w at national minimum/living wage and earns less than £100,000 a year. 

These EFE sessions will also be daily, from 9.00-1.30pm @£5 each.  The hours will be stretched throughout the full year so the allowance will be 22.5hrs p/w x51 weeks as opposed to 30hrs x38 weeks. 

If you wish to claim the full funded allowance you will therefore need to attend 5 days per week. 

If you think you may be eligible for EFE, you will need to firstly set up a government gateway account  with HMRC, and apply for the EFE, and you will need the following information to get started:

• Your Childs DOB

• You and your partners NI number

• Your unique Taxpayer reference number (if you are self-employed)

• The date you started or are due to start employment

• Any other government support you get 

Once you have created a government gateway account and applied for the EFE for your child. If you are eligible you can then log into your account and go to ‘secure messages’ to access the 11 digits ‘EFE eligibility code’ for your child. 

Please email this code to Jodi along with your NI number and how you wish to claim the funding BEFORE THE END OF THE TERM PRIOR. We will then give you an FEL/EFE parent & carer agreement for completion and arrange any alterations to your current attendance if required and if there is availability to do so. 

Please be aware you cannot access the additional EFE hours until you have generated your code AND completed the paperwork at Nursery. 

You will need to re-confirm your eligibility every 3 months in case any personal/financial circumstances have changed, this should only take a few minutes and HMRC will remind you by email when this needs to happen.