The Early Years Free Entitlements (EYFE)

Information for childcare professionals about delivering the Early Years Free Entitlements (EYFE) for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

About this guide

This is information for childcare providers.

If you're a parent or carer, find information about childcare funding options and eligibility.

All local authorities and childcare providers have to deliver Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE) in accordance with statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education.

Provider agreement

All childcare providers in Brighton & Hove must sign up to our provider agreement to be funded to provide EYFE for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Download the current EYFE provider agreement.

About Early Years Free Entitlements (EYFE)

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to free early years provision up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks per year (term-time) or stretched to 570 hours if the child attends year round. 

These children are eligible for EYFE from the term after their third birthday.

Some eligible 2 year olds are also entitled to EYFE from the term after their second birthday.

Birthday falls between EYFE starts beginning of term on or after

1 April and 31 August

1 September (Autumn) 

1 September and 31 December

1 January (Spring) 

1 January and 31 March

1 April (Summer) 

EYFE eligible birthdates - Academic year 2023 to 2024

  Autumn term Spring term Summer term
2 year olds

1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021

1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

3 year olds

1 September 20219 to 31 August 2020

1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020

1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

4 year olds

1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019

1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Some 3 and 4 year olds whose parents are working are entitled to an additional 15 hours per week, in other words 30 hours term-time or 1,140 stretched across the year, this is called the 'Extended' or '30 hours' Entitlement and became statutory under the Childcare Act 2016

Childcare providers can find further information, support and guidance regarding the extended entitlement on our web page 30 hours free childcare - information for providers

Detailed information regarding eligibility criteria for all the entitlements can be found in Appendix 1 of the provider agreement.

Contact the Early Years Finance team

If you have any further questions send an email to