Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE) or โ€˜Fundingโ€™ for 2, 3 and 4 year olds



Eligible 2 year olds, and all 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to the equivalent of 15 hours of free childcare a week over 38 weeks (term time) or 570 hours over 12 months EYFE. However, at Young Friends we claim ‘stretched’ entitlement – so, with this taken into account, your child can have a maximum of 5.75 hours per day and 11.4 hours per week EYFE spread evenly across the year. The EYFE funding your child receives and the cost for non-EYFE hours is spread evenly over the year to make 12 clear equal monthly installments.

Funding is currently only available those 2 year olds who meet certain eligibility criteria and who attend nurseries which are qualified to offer it. Young Friends Nursery has happily been deemed to meet the high standards that qualify us to offer 2 year old funding. To see if your child is eligible and for more information on how to claim, please click on the link below:

EYFE for 2, 3 and 4 year olds in Brighton and Hove

Below details how many hours our families can claim each day:

Session Name Maximum EYFE
School Day 5.75 hours
School Day With Evening Tea 5.75 hours
Breakfast With School Day 5.75 hours
Full Day 5.75 hours

So a child attending 2 School Days per week can claim their full annual entitlement of 5.75 hours per day. If your child is taking their EYFE within a longer day, these are allocated according to the sessions you do in order to maximise your Free Entitlement. The EYFE funding your child receives and the cost for non-EYFE hours are spread evenly over the year to make 12 equal monthly payments. We believe that providing equal invoices throughout the year makes yours and our budgeting lives become just a little bit simpler.

Funded Only Sessions

We have a limited number of EYFE funded-only sessions. These hours, when available, fall from 8.00 to 12.00 each day. Pleaseย contact the nursery for availability. Any combination of these daily funded only sessions, up to a maximum of 15 hrs (or 15 for a period of 38 weeks of the year) can be attended at no cost i.e. funded only sessions are charged at the term time only, not stretched rate.

Please note that funded only children attending sessions that are only available to 2 year olds will need to revise their attendance to suit the sessions available to 3 & 4 year olds.

Any incidental extra sessions booked will be added at full rate to the following invoice and charged at the full nursery hourly or sessional rate. Any increase in regular sessions to include hours outside of the funded only sessions will result in a change to how funding is applied to all sessions (in line with the maximum hours listed above).

For Funded only sessions you will also be required to pay a reduced deposit of ยฃ50 and this will be refunded when your child starts their first session with us.