DfE Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (LAs) regarding FEEE
Providers will only be funded by the Local Authority to provide free early education places for eligible 2, 3 & 4 year olds once they have been assessed as meeting all relevant legal and statutory requirements. Once a signed contract is in place between the Local Authority and the provider the Local Authority will:
- Fund new providers registered with Ofsted to deliver free early education places until their first full Ofsted inspection judgement is published. At which point the criteria below will be applied, according to the Ofsted outcome.
- Fund places for two-, three- and four-year old children attending any provider rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
- Fund places for three- and four-year-old children attending any provider rated ‘satisfactory/requires improvement’.
- Only fund two-year-old children in ‘satisfactory/requires improvement’ providers where there is not sufficient accessible ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ provision.
- Secure alternative provision and withdraw funding, as soon as is practicable, for children who are already receiving their funded entitlement at a provider when it is rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.
Further information on the Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities issued by the DfE can be found on their website.
Waltham Forest differences
There are some important differences that apply to the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) in Waltham Forest compared with the DfE's guidance above, namely:
- Eligible two-year-olds can start their childcare place as soon as they are two years old, if they are attending a childcare provider in Waltham Forest. The DfE's guidance states that they are only eligible from the term after they turn two.
- Three- and four-year old children can start their childcare place from the calendar month after they turn three, if they are attending a childcare provider in Waltham Forest. For example, if the child's birthday is 5 April they will be eligible from 1 May. The DfE's guidance states that are only eligible from the term after they turn three.