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Delivering funded early education and childcare

Funded places for 3 and 4-year-olds

All parents and carers of 3 and 4-year-old children are able to claim up to 570 hours a year of free early education and childcare, also known as Universal Childcare. This is split over the 3 funding blocks.

Some parents of 3 and 4-year-old children may also be eligible to claim up to an additional 570 hours a year (split over 3 funding blocks) of free early education and childcare (known as 30 hours).

Funded places for 2-year-olds

Some parents of 2-year-old children may be eligible to claim up to 570 hours a year (split over 3 funding blocks) of free early education and childcare.

Headcount dates and funding calendar

  • Mandatory Head Count Return available to complete 28/03/2022 – 07/04/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 07/04/2022
  • Funding payment date 25/04/2022
  • Optional Adjustment Return available to complete 26/04/2022 – 03/05/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 03/05/2022
  • Funding payment date 25/05/2022
  • Optional Adjustment Return available to complete 26/05/2022 – 03/06/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 03/06/2022
  • Funding payment date 24/06/2022
  • Mandatory Headcount Return to complete 27/06/2022 – 05/07/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 05/07/2022
  • Funding payment date 25/07/2022
  • Optional Adjustment Return available to complete 26/07/2022 – 03/08/2022
  • Headcount/adjustment task deadline date 03/08/2022
  • Funding payment date 25/08/2022

  • Mandatory Head Count Return available to complete 26/08/2022 – 08/09/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 08/09/2022
  • Funding payment date 23/09/2022
  • Optional Adjustment Return available to complete 26/09/2022 – 04/10/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 04/10/2022
  • Funding payment date 25/10/2022
  • Mandatory Head Count Return available to complete 26/10/2022 – 04/11/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 04/11/2022
  • Funding payment date 25/11/2022
  • Optional Adjustment Return available to complete 28/11/2022 – 01/12/2022
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 01/12/2022
  • Funding payment date 16/12/2022

  • Mandatory Head Count Return available to complete 26/12/2022 – 09/01/2023
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 09/01/2023
  • Funding payment date 25/01/2023
  • Optional Adjustment Return available to complete 26/01/2023 to 02/02/2023
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 02/02/2023
  • Funding payment date 24/02/2023
  • Mandatory Head Count Return available to complete 27/02/2023 – 07/03/2023
  • Headcount / adjustment task deadline date 07/03/2023
  • Funding payment date 24/03/2023

Following the monthly payment of headcount claims, a detailed report will be sent to providers to give a full breakdown of payments and all early years’ supplements received.

For further information or to request a copy of the funding calendar please email [email protected]

Provider agreement and compliance review

Provider agreement

All providers delivering Early Education and Childcare Funded provision for 2, 3 and 4 year olds must read and accept the 'provider agreement’.

Please use our online form to accept the provider agreement.

Compliance review

The Early Education and Childcare (EEC) funding compliance review is directly linked to the provider agreement, which all providers must sign in order to receive funding.

The 2 documents aim to ensure both West Northamptonshire Council and EEC providers are meeting the expectations regarding delivering funded childcare places.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the council changes.

Last updated 19 April 2022