Guide to KCC Funding

Kent County Council will fund your child’s attendance from the lead term following their third birthday i.e. Term 1, 3 or 5.  The table below gives details of when children become eligible.

A child born between: 
1 April – 31 August (inclusive)The start of term 1 following their third birthday (after summer holidays) until statutory school age.
1 September – 31 December (inclusive)The start of term 3 following their third birthday (after Christmas/New Year holiday) until statutory school age.
1 January – 31 March (inclusive)The start of term 5 following their third birthday (after April holiday) until statutory school age.

A total of 38 weeks (190 days), 15 hours per week free early education sessions for your child will be paid during each pair of Terms (i.e. Terms 1 & 2, Terms 3 & 4, Terms 5 & 6). If more than the maximum 15 hours per week is claimed the entitlement will be paid proportionally to each provision and you must pay the excess. If your child attends for longer than their free entitlement; for more than 5 sessions per week; or for a period which includes lunchtime you will be expected to pay for the extra childcare.

A total of 570 Free Early Education hours across the child’s year can be accessed on the following sessions where spaces are available:

Morning 08:45 – 11:45 Monday – Friday

Afternoon 12:15 – 15:15 Monday – Friday

Lunchtime 11:45 – 12:15 Monday – Friday

Both our sessions are 3 hours long. However, if your child does not attend for 5 sessions any lunchtime they stay can be included within funded hours.

Currently Wye Under Fives do not offer 30 hours Funding.

3 times per year a ‘Parental Declaration’ form will need to be completed and returned to the Pre-school as a compulsory part of the KCC Free Entitlement process. This is posted to each parent/carer but a copies can also be found at the setting. 

During the headcount week please ensure your child attends pre-school during this week unless unwell.  If your child is absent we may have to provide attendance registers for other weeks so please ensure your child attends all the time they are well.

Any sessions which Wye Under Fives cannot claim for will have to be paid by parent/carers at the current session rate.

If your child attends for 5 sessions you will just need to pay for any lunch times at £3.00 per lunchtime.

Please download the parent FAQ document below if you have any more queries.

Parent-QAs-Sept-14-Final.pdf (233 downloads)