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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive framework which sets the standards for early years development, learning and welfare from birth to five years of age. It provides a structure to guide practitioners with providing effective provision in their settings and builds on previous guidance. There is also guidance on children’s development and useful hints on planning and resourcing. This framework was updated in September 2012.


A progress check at age two is now a requirement of the revised EYFS. The nursery will review the children’s progress when a child is aged between two and three. A short written summary must be shared with the parents and carers, highlighting achievements and areas in which extra support might be needed, and describing how the provider will address any issues.


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St Nicholas Day Nursery offers funded hours for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.



2 Year Olds


If you think you may be eligible for 2 year old funding, an application form must be completed and submitted to the Early Years Entitlement team by a parent directly or by a professional working with the family (e.g. Health Visitor, Nursery Manager, Family Support Worker, Social Worker).  


Download the Early Years Entitlement for 2 Year Olds - Application Form below or call for a paper form 0800 195 1635.








Funding for 3 & 4 year olds 

(including 30 hours funded childcare)


All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours funded early education from the term following their 3rd birthday until they reach compulsory school age (the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday).


In September 2017 the Government committed to increasing the amount of funded childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, to 30 hours.


Please refer to the government website below to find out if you are eligible.










Delivery of funded hours


2 year old funding is delivered term time only for 38 weeks of the year in 5 and 10 hours blocks, 8am-1pm, 1pm-6pm and 8am-6pm.

Below are the three options we are offering those of you who are eligible for 30 hours. If your child is only eligible for 15 hours funding this will be delivered for 38 weeks of the year, any additional hours attended will be invoiced per calendar month.



Option 1

• Funded only

• Up to 30 hours per week

• Term time only 38 weeks per year

• Made up of 5 or 10 hour session.  8am-1pm, 1pm-6pm and 8am-6pm.


Option 2

• Funded only

• Up to 20 hours per week

• Stretched offer for 51 weeks of the year

• Made up of 5 or 10 hour sessions.  8am-1pm, 1pm-6pm and 8am-6pm.


Option 3

• Stretched offer for children who attend 25 hours or more all year round

• 22 hours funding will be allocated each week

• 51 weeks per year

(parents can choose to receive the 30 hours funding for 38 weeks and pay for the remaining 13 weeks if their child attends all year round)




Early Years Entitlement

Application Form Check Eligibility