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Fees and Funding

Funding - Children are entitled to 15 hours of EYFE for 38 weeks the term after their child turns 3 and until their child reaches school age.

Which children qualify for a free place?

Children qualify for EYFE after their third birthday as follows:

Date of birth falling between:                           Will be eligible for six terms from:

1 September and 31 December                         Spring term
1 January and 31 March                                     Summer term
1 April and 31 August                                          Autumn term


2 year old - 3 hour session £25.56

2 year old - 5.15 hour session £44.73

3 year old - £7.00 per hour over and above 15/30 hours free entitlement.

We also support children who are 2 years old and who are eligible for the 2 year old funding, please ask Lorraine for further information 

Tax credit scheme:

You can make a claim for up to 80% of childcare costs under the tax credit scheme.

The actual amount will depend on your income.

For more information either select the following link or call the Helpline on 0845 300 3900 (textphone 0845 300 3909) 

Click here to view Inland Revenue Tax Credit website. ​​​​​​​​​​


Childcare Choices

You can find out more and check your eligibility for the 30 hours through the Childcare Choices website or by using the Childcare Calculator.  These will also show if you can get any additional government help with childcare costs.

If I am eligible when can I apply?

If your child will be 3 or over by the 31 August 2024 you can apply now through the childcare service section of the website. At the start of your application process you’ll be asked to create a Government Gateway account if you don’t already have one. The website will then guide you through setting up your own childcare service account.

If you are unable to apply online or have any problems with the application process you can contact the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 for support. If you disagree with the eligibility outcome you will be able to use the HMRC's review and appeals process.

Once your eligibility is confirmed you will be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ to take to your chosen childcare provider. You can find this in the 30 hours free childcare section of your new childcare service account. It will usually start with 5000 but some temporary codes may begin with 11. You will need to take this to your childcare provider by 31 August 2024 if you are planning to start claiming the 30 hours from September 2024.

Your childcare provider will ask you to complete and sign a 30 Hours Free Childcare Eligibility Form (PDF). This will allow Surrey's Finance and Practice Team to check and confirm your eligibility. You will need to reconfirm this every three months to continue claiming the extra hours.

You do not need to apply through the childcare service if you only want to use the universal 15 hours of

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