Professional Referrer Information

Guidance for Professionals – 2 year old funding

The documents below are to support professional colleagues such as Social Workers, Health Visitors, Family Support Practitioners and Children’s Centres staff in applying for funding for:

  • 2 year old children to access Early Education.
  • 3 & 4 year old universal offer for Early Education
  • 3 & 4 year olds placed with foster carer who is working outside of fostering, may be eligible for 30 hours Early Education

Information on Early Years Funding for Social Care Teams – added 19/10/2021

How to check eligibility for 2 year funding – updated 08/2021

Professional Referrers Guidance Notes for 2 year old funding – added 19/10/201

Social Worker Information – 30 hours childcare for Foster Carers – added 11/2020

Please email: if you need support or advice around 2 year old funding whilst the above is being updated.

Childcare Support Fund (CSF)

Childcare Support Fund is a scheme to provide short-term funded childcare for vulnerable children aged 0-5

Childcare Support Fund Application Form – updated 04/08/2021
Childcare Support Fund Guidance Notes for Professional Referrers – updated 04/08/2021

Childcare Support Funding for children with SEND

Childcare Support Funding for children with significant additional needs (SEND)

Information about CSF-SEND
Guidance Notes CSF-SEND – added 07/05/2021
Application Form CSF-SEND