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Early Years Childcare

Posted on: 20 July 2017

All children are entitled to 570 hours of funded early years childcare from the term after their third birthday up until when they start school.

If a foster carer has their own 3 and/or 4 year old child they may be eligible for the 30 hour extended entitlement for their own child only. Children in care are not eligible for the 30 hour extended entitlement.

When are children eligible?

Child’s birthday between:Funding can start from:
1 January and 31 MarchStart of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child’s second birthday
1 April and 31 AugustStart of term beginning on or following 1 September after the child’s second birthday
1 September and 31 DecemberStart of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child’s second birthday

For more information please see Date of Birth Eligibility fact sheet.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Three and four year olds who are looked after by the local authority or who have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order are also eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium Funding. Devon County Council pays 53p an hour for every hour of funded early years provision that they attend directly to the childcare provider.

Funded places for 2-year-olds

Carers of two-year-old children that are looked after by the Local Authority will be sent a Golden Ticket to take to their chosen childcare provider. The Golden Ticket entitles the child to 570 hours a year of funded childcare.

Two-year-old children that have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order are also eligible for a funded 2 year old place. Devon County Council needs the parents/ carers to provide evidence that the child is no longer in care. Once this has been checked the parent/carer is given a number to take to a childcare provider so that a funded place can be booked.

If you are unable to find childcare help is at hand through the Childcare Brokerage Service

Further information for families is available through the Family Information Service.