Free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

The funding for Northamptonshire’s childcare providers delivering free childcare to 3 and 4 year old children is determined by the local Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF).

You can find details of the formula within the document below:

How are funding elements determined?

Elements of the funding are determined, directly or indirectly, by the degree of deprivation (as defined by the National Index of Multiple Deprivation) attached to the postcode of the setting or the domestic residence of children attending the setting.

For information regarding postcodes in areas of deprivation, Children's Centre reach areas and districts please use the below document:

Below is a list of postcodes in the county together with a deprivation rating of the postcode:

Visit the Department for Education (DfE) website for more information.

How do I claim the free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

Use the guide below when claiming the free childcare for 3 and 4 year old:

Parental contract

Below is the contract between the family and the provider of the free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. If you require assistance regarding the parental contract, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Funding information sheet

The information sheet for the free childcare for 2 year olds and the free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds is now available and can be downloaded below

Provider calendar

There is no longer a separate set of opening and closing dates for the data collection form for the maintained sector. The maintained sector will have the same data collection availability dates as private, voluntary and independent  (PVI)settings and childminders.

Statutory guidance - early years and childcare code of practice

The county council is bound by the statutory guidance - code of practice. These guidelines are issued to all local authorities by the Department for Education (DfE) on the delivery of the free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

EYSFF indicative budgets

To find information on the provisional EYSFF Indicative Budgets for 2015 to 2016, please visit the council's Budget Information pages.

Can I make an appeal if I haven't received the correct funding?

Childcare providers who have made an error on their headcount return and therefore did not receive the correct amount of funding will be able to make an appeal/

Appeals can be made for the information submitted on the main data collection headcount return and the second 2 year funding headcount return only. Appeals cannot be made for advanced funding.

Appeal process

You can submit an appeal by completing the appeals process questionnaire. You will need your login details to be able to complete the questionnaire.

If you have forgotten your log in details email and they will reset them for you. 

In addition to submitting the online form, you will need to email copies of:           

  • parental contracts
  • the register for all children for whom you are appealing, and your letter of appeal to the early years team.

The appeal must be accompanied by all supporting information - no appeal will be considered without this information.

For information regarding the appeals process, appeals questionnaire availability dates and panel dates please use the document below: