Funding for the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement

Becoming a Provider

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In order to deliver the funded early years and childcare entitlement for children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day, providers must ensure that they are registered with Ofsted.

Further guidance on Ofsted Registration (including Childminders) and schools registering a new nursery provision can be found in the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement: Operational Guidance.

Bolton Council Registration and Funding Agreement

Bolton Council administers payment to Providers on behalf of the Department for Education for the early years free entitlements:

  • The funded 15 hour entitlement for eligible two year olds
  • The 15 hour entitlement for parents of three and four year olds (the universal entitlement); and
  • The 30 hours funded entitlement for working parents of three and four year olds (extended entitlement)

Bolton Council also administers payment for:

  • Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund and Disability Access Fund
  • Early Years Pupil Premium.

To become a funded provider, you must first complete an online registration form. When your registration form has been received, the local authority will check that you are eligible to deliver the entitlement by checking the information you have given against information available to the local authority.

Providers are required to enter into a legal agreement with the Council through the Early Years Funding Agreement.

Further information and details of support available to new providers can be found in section 2 of the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement: Operational Guidance.