The Government currently offers ‘free early education’ (FEE) to most 3 year olds and all 4 year olds up to 15 hours per week term time (38 weeks a year), although Sunnyfields 'stretch' this to offer 570 free hours over a year.
The aim of FEE is to ensure all eligible children have access to good quality early education which is free at the point of delivery. As a provider of good quality early education, Sunnyfields are registered to claim the FEE on your behalf. Children currently qualify for FEE in the academic term following their 3rd birthday as follows:
|A child born between
|1 April - 31 August (inclusive)
||The start of Term 1 following their third birthday (after summer holidays) until statutory school age
|1 September - 31st December (inclusive)
||The start of Term 3 following their third birthday (after Christmas/New Year holiday) until statutory school age
|1 January - 31st March
|The start of Term 5 following their third birthday (after April holiday) until statutory school age
In order to claim, we will need evidence of your child’s date of birth e.g. his/her birth certificate, and a signed Parent Declaration form stating the number of FEE hours per week you wish to claim through Sunnyfields. If you change the number of FEE hours you are claiming at any point, then a new declaration will need to be signed. Once your child qualifies and the evidence is received, Sunnyfields then include your claim as part of their termly FEE submission with Local Authority and amend your invoice in September, January or May accordingly.
Sunnyfields recognize that FEE hours do not suit most working families and therefore offer wraparound hours to the FEE in line with all their full day, morning and afternoon sessions. Please refer to our schedule of fees in the nursery entrance for the different combinations available and costs spread across a whole year.
Please note that Sunnyfields can claim up to three funded hours against any half day session and six funded hours against a full day. For those parents whose nursery attendance does not allow them to claim the full 15 hours i.e. two full days claiming only 12 funded hours, we do offer a ‘free’ three hour session between 3-6pm on a day they don’t attend (traditional school term time only), subject to current demand and availability, allowing them to claim the full 15 FEE hours through us. All we ask is you pay 50p towards our nursery tea or provide them with their own ‘healthy’ packed tea. If you are interested in this, please speak to the Nursery Manager.
Two Year Old Funding
Sunnyfields only have limited places for funded two year olds which is delivered in the same way as the ‘fee’ above. However, please be aware that ‘two year old funding’ is not universal and is only available to certain families where a strict criteria applies. We refer you to your Local Authority to see if you are eligible.
If you do qualify, we will require 'proof of eligibility from your Local Authority' before we can claim this funding on your behalf.
Sunnyfields are registered to claim the full 30 hours funding for eligible working families whose children are claiming the FEE above. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please speak to the Nursery Manager.