Funding for early years providers

Free Early Education funding for 2, 3 and 4-year olds (FEE 2,3,4)

Barnet funds the Free Early Education for all eligible 2, 3 and 4-year olds in the maintained, private voluntary and independent (PVI) sectors, registered childminders and children’s centres.

The Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities from the Department for Education applies to the free entitlements for two, three and four-year olds for both the universal and extended entitlement.

FEE providers will be paid monthly but still will submit their estimates termly in line with the Department for Education’s ‘Early education and childcare – statutory guidance for local authorities’.

The offer

The offer

up to 15 hours a week or 30 hours for eligible three and four-year olds.

Length of offer

38 weeks per financial year (570 or 1140 hours per annum)

Minimum hours per day

two and a half hours

Maximum hours per day

10 hours

Number  of providers

parents can use their free hours over a maximum of two participating providers in one day (these can be split between maintained and PVI providers)


not before 7am and after 7pm


Important dates and information for the Free Early Education Funding

Free Early Education Funding for 2, 3, and 4-year olds funding claims must be submitted via  Early Years Provider Portal (External Link).

Provides step by step instructions of how to make a submission. There is also a step by step video to guide through the process.
If you have any issues logging into the Provider Portal contact FIS 0800 389 8312

Free Early Education funding Autumn Term 2020/ 2021

Estimate submission

1 September – 15 September 2020

Headcount Submission

16 September – 23 November 2020 

Adjustment submission

24 November - 1 December 2020

FEE payment

25 September 2020
30 October 2020 
27 November 2020
18 December 2020 

Early Years Team Contact

2 Bristol Avenue

PVI email:

School email: