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Early education funding

Need help?

Call the Early Years Finance team on 01603 222300 option 2


We are aware that some families are experiencing issues or confusion about which system to use to obtain a working parent entitlement code. We recommend that you share the following links with them.

To open a HMRC account Apply for free childcare if you're working - GOV.UK (

We have been advised that if families already have an account for Tax Free Childcare and want to apply for a working parent entitlement code, that they should wait until they are required to re-confirm their details. We understand that HMRC will send them a reminder when to do this. The deadline date to obtain the code will be 31 March 2024 for Summer 2024.

Please read the terminology section below

The portal will not be available on 19 February 2024 due to an upgrade.

Are families READY, STEADY or GO for funded childcare

Download our READY, STEADY or GO guide for families to check eligibility for a funded childcare place and what they need to do.


The toolkit is currently being updated.

More sections will following and will include -

  • Legal Framework
  • How to claim
  • Charges
  • Invoicing
  • Payments
  • Complaints
  • Ofsted
  • Training

Important Dates

No later than 8 March 2024
  • Amend or Submit Early Education ACTUALS

No later than 31 March 2024
Remind families to re-confirm or obtain a valid code by 31 March 2024 if they plan to claim the working parent entitlement from 1 April 2024

Claim Period Information

Please refer to our EY Finance Newsletter for information about the claim period or click here for a brief overview.

NEO for families

Support your families to create a NEO account to complete eligibility checks

NEO for families