Small World: Free sessions information

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Updated 18th July 2017    

Free sessions: we claim for you, you must complete a declaration each term

Early Years Free Sessions is available to all 3 and 4 year-old children and we automatically claim this on your behalf. The claim will be for up to 15 of your child's normal weekly attendance pattern, term time only (38 weeks in the year). These hours will be totally free.

Oxfordshire County Council require a parental declaration form to be filled in and signed every term for every child that receives free sessions and these forms are mandatory. We will issue each one of you with a form (by email or otherwise). Please make sure you return the form promptly, as failure to do so results in us not being able to claim your free sessions for you, and so you receiving no money.   (Alternative, non PDF, format for the parental declaration form)

Free sessions are taken into account in the monthly invoices and standing order calculation, but only when your child is receiving it.

Other information...

Oxfordshire's Information for parents: Free early education for 3 - 4 year olds, 21 August 2017

Other information copied from the documentation received from Oxfordshire County Council. Any errors in transposition to this site will be by Small World - please contact us to enable their correction.

Eligibility dates & Funding weeks

Term Date of birth range Number of weeks funding
Summer 2017 01-April-2012 to 31-March-2014 12 weeks
Autumn 2017 01-September-2012 to 31-August-2014 14 weeks
Spring 2018 01-January-2013 to 31-December-2014 12 weeks

Small World comment: These are the birth dates for children to qualify for free sessions

See also When is my Child Eligible ?

Timeline for Autumn 2017

Tuesday 5-September Parental Declarations deadline
Wednesday 11-October Deadline for receipt of all NEF claims
probably Thursday 23-November Provider statements are sent (to Small World)

Small World comment: Only when we receive the provider statement will we know if you have free sessions and how many

The timeline for Spring 2018 is likely to be given to Small World in December

Amount funded

The Nursery Education Grant is calculated at a standard basic rate of £4.01 per hour.
The maximum number of weeks claimable in the term is shown above.

A maximum of six (6) hours can be claimed for any one day. The minimum is two and a half (2.5) hours. So, to be able to claim the maximum of fifteen (15) per week, a child must attend over three days.

Parental Declaration

You [Small World] will receive one copy of this form to be given to all parents/caregivers. You [Small World] cannot make a claim without having a parent/caregiver complete this form each term.