Early education and childcare places for two, three and four year olds

All early education and care providers including childminders, day nurseries, preschool and playgroups, independent schools and school nurseries can deliver funded places to two-three and four-year olds but must be registered with both Ofsted and the Councils Early Years Organisation (EYO) team.​


Can any provider deliver funded places?

Providers may be funded to deliver EEE places if they have an appropriate Ofsted grade and have signed a London Borough of Havering Directory and Funding Agreement.​

​Settings from most recent Ofsted grade ​Can deliver places to
​Outstanding ​Two, three and four year olds
​Good ​Two, three and four year olds
​Requires improvement ​Three and four year olds only
​Inadequate ​Cannot deliver funded places

For further information, costs and information about a specific early education and childcare provider in your area, find out through one of the following:

When and how can I use my free entitlement?

  • At a maximum of two early education and childcare providers
  • Not before 7am or after 7pm.
  • Over a minimum of two days and a maximum of five days per week
  • During term time over 38 weeks, or pro-rata up to 52 weeks of the year depending on the provider(Independent Schools may be open for less than 38 weeks).​

If used on its own, the EEE is free at the point of use and not subject to additional costs such as administration fees.

Early Education and Childcare Curriculum

All EEE providers deliver the early education and childcare curriculum known as the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Early Years Foundation Stage


Early education entitlement funding - A brief guide for parents and carers

Further information

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