Early Education Funding (EEF)
We do participate in the 3- and 4-year-old – 15 hours only scheme only.
We do not offer funding for 2 years old or take part in funding of any 30 hours (2 year olds or 3 year olds).
Every 3 & 4 year old child is entitled to 15 hours free nursery education per week (EEF).
A child qualifies for the EEF a term AFTER their third birthday until the beginning of the term AFTER their fifth birthday – so before they reach compulsory school age.
A child who turns 3 for EEF 3&4 is eligible between:
1 September and 31 December is eligible for a funded place from the following 1 January (Spring term)
1 January and 31 March is eligible for a funded place from the following 1 April (Summer term)
1 April and 31 August is eligible for a funded place from the following 1 September (Autumn term)
For example, if your child turns 3 in January 2024, the funded hours will apply from April 2024.
We will automatically claim this funding at the appropriate time for parents and it will be reflected on your termly fee invoice.
Rainbow teaches Montessori on a termly basis with a minimum of 5 sessions per week once a child has turned 3 years old.
Rainbow’s ethos is built around the Montessori Method of education and as such strongly advocates that children over the age of 3 years old attend a minimum of 5 sessions (am or pm) in order that a child can fully benefit from the environment in our nurseries and the morning and/or afternoon Montessori work cycle.
Attendance on the above terms will incur our usual fees in addition to the 15 hours free entitlement.
It is important to us to be able to offer funded hours, however Government funding alone is not sufficient to cover all our running costs.
However, it is possible to apply for Free Entitlement only Places (FEOP). These places are available on a limited timetable and are subject to availability/spaces. see FEOP