Early Education Funding (EEF) for 2, 3 and 4 year olds | Oxfordshire County Council

Early Education Funding (EEF) for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Information for providers of 2-4 year olds.

Some 2 year olds are eligible for 570 hours

All 3 to 4-year-olds in Oxfordshire are eligible for the universal 570 hours free early education.

Some 3 and 4 year old children of working parents may also be eligible for the extended 570 hours. Information and eligibility criteria can be found at Childcare Choices

Eligible children can take up a place from the term following their relevant birthday.  Parents need to get their code before the entitlement date ie by August, December and March.  Parents are advised to apply in plenty of time eg by July, November and February.

Date of birthday Government funded pre-school entitlement starts from
1 April - 31 August Term 1 - September
1 September - 31 December Term 2 - January
1 January - 31 March Term 3 - April

Funding agreement

The Early Education Funding Terms and Conditions (pdf format, 711Kb) sets out the rights and responsibilities of the council and providers in receipt of 2, 3 and 4 year old funding. 

Hourly rate

The hourly funding rate from April 2018 will be £4.03 for 3 and 4 year olds and £5.52 for eligible 2 year olds.

3 and 4 year old children may also be eligible for additional Early Years Pupil Premium funding.

Stretched entitlement

Providers have typically offered funded hours for 38 weeks (term time).  Funded hours can, however, be stretched across the year.

Extended entitlement (30 hours)

  • Codes can be validated on the provider portal

2 year old entitlement

For more information on eligibility and how parents can apply go to the Parents' Early Education Funding page

Join the EEF scheme

Read the guidance notes and complete the application form

Further information


Last reviewed
13 April 2018
PrintPrint Give us feedback on this pageFeedback form, opens in new window.
Access key details Skip to main content Home News Sitemap Search Website help Complaints Terms and conditions Website feedback