Online Early Years Entitlement: more for children, more for schools

Since September 2013, some two year olds have been eligible for 15 hours a week of free childcare and early education. This is available in a wide range of settings including pre-schools, day nurseries and childminders.

This free entitlement is available to children with parents or carers who meet certain economic criteria and some children with circumstances warranting specified support or intervention. Based on the proven and successful Online Free School Meals (OFSM) system, the Online Early Years Entitlement (OEYE) system provides local authorities, Early Years providers and parents with a quick and simple way to establish this eligibility.