Free Early Education for Two year olds is funding from Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service for up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare per week for families who meet the criteria. It is only available for a small number of two year olds in Surrey.
To be eligible you need to belong to one of the automatically funded groups below or to receive one of the listed benefits in the financial criteria.
If your child does not meet either criteria they may still be eligible for funding if a professional involved with your family considers them to have a significant need.
If your child is in one of the groups listed below they will automatically be eligible to be referred for FEET funding:
If your child is not in one of the automatically funded groups your family must receive one of the following benefits to qualify (claiming FEET will not have any affect on your benefits):
The application process will depend on which criteria your family meets:
Your child will need to be referred by a professional involved with your family such as a health visitor, local children's centre, childcare provider, or social worker. Referrals forms and guidance for referrers can be found at Free early education for two year olds - information for referrers.
If you meet the financial criteria you can apply yourself by completing the FEET Financial Criteria Application Form below and sending it to the FEET team using the contact details at the end of the form. If you do not have access to a printer you can request a copy of the form through our online enquiry form (please put FEET application form in the What is your enquiry? box).
Referrals can only be made by a professional involved with your family who has identified a significant need. Referral forms and guidance can be found at Free early education for two year olds - information for referrers. They will also need to ensure that they have completed a Early Help Assessment (previously called Common Assessment Framework - CAF).
Funding can be applied for the term before your child's second birthday but it won't start until the term following their birthday. This means eligible children will be able to access FEET funding from the following terms:
Your child can receive FEET until the term after their third birthday when they will become eligible for Free early education for 3 and 4 year olds.
You can find details of Ofsted registered childcare including those that offer free early education on our childcare finder.
You can find additional information about FEET in our publication below which is available to download in either booklet form or as an A4 leaflet.