Services for Young Children

Early Years Education (EYE) funding

What is the Early Years Education (EYE) scheme?

Every three and four year old child has an entitlement to free, part-time early years education, if their parents wish:

  • for 15 hours a week;

  • and for these to be available on a flexible basis to parents;

  • for 570 hours for a child's eligible birth year

Hampshire County Council pays early years education (EYE) funding for these hours according to our Early Years Education funding payment terms and conditions. The rates are determined by a single funding formula, based primarily on flexibility and quality. Claims are made termly.

Only settings (childminders, day nurseries, playgroups/pre-schools, private nursery schools and independent schools) registered with Hampshire County Council to provide early years education can claim the funding.

To join the scheme you must attend a registration seminar. These are available termly. Your setting cannot be registered until you have attended one of these.


How to join

Check that your setting:

  • is (or will be soon) registered with either the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) as a provider of day care; or the Department for Education as an independent school for three and four year olds;

  • will be open for at least 15 hours a week for at least 38 weeks a year.


  • contact the Childcare Development and Business Officer at the relevant SfYC local office. You will need to complete an application form.

  • come along to the registration seminar.

You will then be in a position to decide whether you would like your setting to join the scheme. If you do, we will ask you to sign an Agreement form which will commit your setting to fulfilling the requirements and sets out the support we will provide.