Administering the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE)

Resources for childcare providers

The Early Years and Childcare Team support providers commissioned by Cheshire East to deliver the  FEEE for two, three and four-year-olds.

Data collection and submission

Parental declaration form – 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Parents must  complete the parental declaration form (MS Word 606, KB) before claiming the free entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Parents should sign the form each subsequent term under step 6 (continuation of free entitlement funding claim), confirming there are no changes to the claim for example the number of hours to be claimed remains the same. If any of the details change, including the child’s address, parents need to complete a new form.

Parents can split the funding between providers; providing the hours claimed do not exceed the permitted hours. Step 2 (parent/carer details) should be completed for children claiming up to 30 hours free childcare and/or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

Step 4 obtains parental consent enabling settings to claim Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and the Disability Access Fund (DAF).

EYPP  is available to improve teaching and learning facilities and resources to impact positively on an eligible child’s progress and development. This is an additional amount paid directly to the provider with the  FEEE payment.

3 and 4 year old children receiving Disability Living Allowance and accessing the free entitlement are eligible for the Disability Access Fund (DAF). The purpose of  DAF is to support providers to make reasonable adjustments and build the capacity of their setting to support children with disabilities.

Provider portal

To claim funding childcare providers are required to submit their data online, using Cheshire East’s Provider Portal. Prior to the start of the term providers submit each funded child’s data via the Portal to receive an interim payment, 70% of final payment paid prior to the start of term.  During the term the funding data is maintained, adding new starters, amending the leaving date and funded weeks of leavers to receive the remaining 30% of the final payment at the end of the term. To submit your data online:

Provider portal   

Additional FEEE  documents

Data protection

Free early education and childcare for 2 year olds

Two year old children from families meeting a strict economic criteria, or children who are cared for, can apply for free early education and childcare.

One Minute Guide - Early learning for 2 year olds (PDF, 161KB)

Childcare providers can advise parents they can check their eligibility online

The web address can be found in the free childcare for year olds leaflet below

Alternatively parents can phone the Family Information Service 0300 123 5033

Document accessibility

Contact us

Email the FEEE Team 

phone 01270 685888

Postal address:

Children and Families
Early Years & Childcare Team
Floor 1
Delamere House
C/o Municipal Buildings
Crewe
CW1 2BJ


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