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Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2, 3 & 4 year olds

Early Years Foundation Stage


Find out about the new 30 hours free childcare entitlement

The Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) is a government grant that enables all children aged three and four, and eligible two year-olds, to have free nursery education each year until they reach compulsory school age.

The Foundation Years website has produced a free booklet for parents/carers to help them find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We encourage all providers to share this link with your parents via your own website if you have one, or print a few copies out for them to read.

Every eligible 2, 3 and 4 year child is entitled to 570 hours of free early education each year, which must be taken over a minimum of 38 weeks, equating to 15 hours per week. If a child attends a setting which is open more than 38 weeks, then the Free Early Education Entitlement will be spread equally over those weeks. For example, if a child attends a setting that is open for 50 weeks a year, they will receive 11.4 hours a week.

Each Free Early Education session must be:

1. A minimum of 2.5 hours long

2. A maximum of 10 hours long

Children must attend the setting for a minimum of two days per week to receive their full entitlement. Should parents/carers require childcare for additional hours, the provider can charge for this. The majority of parents/carers who require only the Free Early Education Entitlement access it through their local nursery school or pre-school, although some full day-care providers do offer this service. FEEE approved providers include:

  • Children's centres
  • Nursery classes in primary schools
  • Nursery schools
  • Pre-schools or playgroups
  • Private nurseries
  • Childminders

Clicking on any of the the links below will take you through to the Council's guidance for providers regarding the Free Early Education Entitlement in these specific areas:

DfE Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (LAs) regarding FEEEWaltham Forest Council Financial Guidance for FEEE providers





Early Years Pupil Premium for 3 & 4 year oldsWaltham Forest Council FEEE Contract Terms and Conditions





Checking validity of eligible 2 year old Unique Reference Numbers (URNs)Capital funding for creating 2 year old childcare places





Making parents aware of the 2 year old Free Early Education Entitlement





You can also find further general information about the FEEE on the Waltham Forest Directory:

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Last updated: 22 February 2017 by Barry Fong