Services for Young Children

Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF)

EYSFF 2016/17

There is no change to the Early Years Single Funding Formula for 2016/17.

EYSFF 2016/17 basis of calculation Microsoft Word 113kB

Change to IDACI Funding

To see the potential impact on your setting, you will need your DfE URN number and enter onto the checker below in the field indicated:

IDACI Funding Checker Microsoft Excel 57kB

Application of deprivation to the EYSFF


The payment for deprivation is based on the post code of individual children which means that each child will have a deprivation funding value attached to them. The same bandings are used as are applied to schools. The rate will be based on the Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) which is the only national index of deprivation that is focussed on children.

The information that feeds into the IDACI bandings has recently been reviewed. This occurs every 5 years on a national level and uses the most up to date data on statisitcs such as unemployment levels, number of households claiming a benefit, crime levels, etc.

The information is used to produce a level of deprivation (the IDACI level). Each postcode in the country is given a score, this score is used to put the postcodes into local bandings.

Each postcode attracts a score of between 0 and 1 with 0 being the least deprived and 1 being the most deprived. The table below indicates the range of IDACI bandings.

IDACI Band      

IDACI score     

lower limit

IDACI score     

upper limit





0 - 0.19




0.20 - 0.24




0.25 - 0.29




0.30 - 0.39




0.40 - 0.49




0.50 - 0.59




0.60 - 1

Providers will be paid according to the hours children attend as collected through the headcount/late claim processes and the postcode address of the child.

How Providers will receive the Deprivation Funding

The headcount and late claim forms will collect child level information. It is important for settings to provide correct postcodes for children for whom they are claiming, which must be clearly entered on to the headcount forms. This will be used to work out how much deprivation funding will be paid against each child’s claimed attendance. The deprivation amount will be added to your headcount claim and paid in the usual way.

The Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) tool will be used to allocate funding as it uses the postcode of each child. The link below can be used to find out what band a postcode falls within: Department for Education IDACI Score and Rank of IDACI

At the beginning of the following term you will be sent a notification of the amount of the IDACI payment. Please do not phone for these details before this notification.

The rates per child can be found on the following link:  

Early Years Single Funding Formula banding values 2013 - 14

If you are unsure of a child’s postcode then you can check this through the Royal Mail post code finder. Royal Mail Postcode Finder .

If you have any issues relating to the business viability of your setting regarding this change in deprivation funding or other business related issues then please contact your Business Support Officer. Contact details can be found the following link: SfYC Local Office Teams

EYSFF 2015/16

There is no change to the Early Years Single Funding Formula for 2015/16.

EYSFF 2014/15

EYSFF 2014/15 basis of calculation

The Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) sets the hourly rate of payment for providing early years education. The rate is determined separately for each registered provider based on the information about the services they provide. Once the rate has been calculated and set, it is in place from the beginning of the financial year for the whole of the year.


Mid/late March

The value of the base rate and the funding bands for each of the elements is set and published on this website.

By 31 March

Each registered provider is formally notified of their funding bandings and the hourly rate that will be paid to them with an indicative budget for the whole financial year (starting on 1 April).