EYFS: funding entitlements

Get to grips with the funding you'll receive for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), including the new entitlements for children aged between 9 months and 2 years. Understand the difference between universal and additional entitlements when it comes to the early years national funding formula (EYNFF).

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on 10 June 2024
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Contents
  1. What's the early years national funding formula (EYNFF)? 
  2. Additional funding for maintained nursery schools confirmed for 2024-25
  3. How your funding is calculated
  4. LAs must pass on 95% of their funding for each of the entitlements
  5. Your LA must consult you about setting a local formula
  6. SEN inclusion fund (SENIF) 
  7. Disability access fund (DAF) 
  8. The early years pupil premium (EYPP)

This article is based on the DfE's operational guide and technical note for local authority (LA) funding of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) providers for 2024-25.

What's the early years national funding formula (EYNFF)? 

The early years national funding formula (EYNFF) sets the hourly funding rates that each local authority (LA) is paid to deliver the universal and additional 15-hour entitlements for children aged between 9 months and 4 years.

The early years entitlements are:

  • 15 hours entitlement for eligible working parents of children from 9 months to 2-years-old (new entitlement from 1 September 2024)
  • 15 hours entitlement for eligible working parents of 2-year-old children (new entitlement from 1 April 2024)
  • 15 hours entitlement for disadvantaged 2-year-olds
  • 15 hours entitlement for all 3 and 4-year-olds
  • 15 hours entitlement for eligible working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds

Additional funding for maintained

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