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Funding support for childcare providers

We provide funding for free early education places for all 3 and 4-year-olds and eligible 2-year-olds in Merton in the maintained, private, voluntary or independent (PVI) sectors.

Funding is provided for these 2, 3 and 4-year-olds for up to 570 hours of early education over the course of a year.

Apply for funding

Early education providers must make sure they have written approval from us and completed and submitted the Account Set-up spreadsheet to claim this funding before they can join the Directory of Providers of funded early education and offer free places to children.

From April 2017, there will be a national agreement for Early Education Funding, which all providers across all Local Authorities must adhere to. This will be made available via this website page as soon as it is published.

To receive funding you must meet the criteria laid out in the Code of Practice and Conditions of Funding of Early Education for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds and be listed in the Merton Directory of Providers.

Early Education Funding Account Set-up April 2017 to March 2018

Firstly, complete the Expression of Interest form to register your interest in receiving funding. Forms must be returned to us using the contact details on this page before you set-up an account.

In order to receive Early Education Funding, providers who have registered their interest must set up an account with London Borough of Merton by completing the EEF Account Set-up spreadsheet.

To help you set-up your account, please refer to the User Guide

If you are new to the directory of providers, you will also need to provide your bank details. Please use the Bank Details Form to do this

Please email your completed Account Set-up spreadshseet and bank details form to

Supporting documents

  • Parent Funding Form to be completed with each parent for each funding period. Please ensure you keep the Parent Funding Form and give a copy to the parent. (note: this form can no longer be submitted for late starters. For later starters, please see the guidance below)
  • Checking the eligibility of children - Appendix One
  • Audit Process - Appendix Two
  • SEN Funding Support booklet
  • Privacy Notice Please ensure that all parents of children you are claiming for have been given a Privacy Notice. You can personalise it with your own branding
  • Change Form - please use this form to notify us of changes to your business such as closure, change of owner or premises

Late starters - summer term 2017

Late Starter Collectors must be submitted by 17.00 on Friday 21 July 2017

If you wish to claim funding for a child who started their free early education place after 19 May 2017, you must complete and submit the Late Starter Collector. If you have more than one later starter, you can add multiple children to the collector or you can submit mulitple collectors.

Do NOT send any child information via email as this is not a secure method and has the potential of being intercepted by an unknown source. Any documents that contain child information must be sent securely.

Headcount weeks and funding timescales

Headcount weeks for 2017 to 2018 are

  • 15 to 19 May 2017
  • 2 to 9 October 2017
  • 15 to 22 January 2018

Download details of the funding timescales and dates for 2017 to 2018 (PDF)

See also

The Merton Continuous Improvement Framework (CIF) of support, training, advice and guidance for early education and childcare providers.

Contact Us

Early Education Funding Administration
Early Years, Childcare and Children's Centres Service
10th Floor, Civic Centre
London Road


This page was last updated on Monday 12 June 2017

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