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How to become a free early education provider

If you'd like to offer parents Free Early Education for Two year olds (FEET), Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds or 30 hours funded childcare in Surrey, you must be registered with Ofsted. You then need to register with our Finance and Practice Team to join the Surrey County Council Directory of Providers.

We recommend you read the Provider Agreement before applying to register to make sure you understand the terms and conditions we require you to meet. You can also find out if you qualify to offer places in the Quality section of the Provider Agreement.

Click on the links below to find out how to register with our Finance and Practice Team.

What is the Surrey County Council Directory of Providers?

The Surrey County Council Directory of Providers is an unpublished list that we're required by government to keep as a record of providers in our local authority that are registered to provide free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

I want to register to offer FEET, Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds and 30 hours funded childcare

If you're already registered with us to offer FEET, Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds and/or 30 hours funded childcare you do not need to complete a full registration pack. Please see the list above and choose the links for the options you want to add.

If you want to register for the first time to offer FEET, Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds and/or 30 hours funded childcare you need to fill in a registration pack and send it to our Finance and Practice Team.

The full registration pack includes:

After you've completed all the forms you can either scan and email them to free.earlyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk or post them to Finance and Practice Team, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH.

You are also required to print the Privacy Notice to tell parents how you share their information, you should personalise this as appropriate for your setting. And you're required to read the Provider Partnership Policy. You don't need to send us copies of these.

We'll email you once your registration is complete and we'll tell you your Department for Education Unique Reference Number (DfE URN). We'll also email you details of how to complete the process to log in to our online Free Early Education Portal.

You'll need to complete the Provider Agreement in the portal before you can start adding your eligible children and making claims.

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I want to register to offer FEET

Find out if your setting meets the criteria to claim FEET funding.

If you are already registered on the Surrey County Council Directory of Providers to offer Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds we will have most of the information we need so you just need to fill in a Registration form for providing free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and send it to our Finance and Practice Team. Make sure you tick to show all of the free early education types you'll be offering (not just the ones you want to add). Either scan and email the form to free.earlyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk or post it to Finance and Practice Team, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH. We'll then contact you and set you up on the Free Early Education Portal for FEET so you can make your claims.

If you aren't already registered to offer Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds, you need to fill in a full registration pack and send it to our Finance and Practice Team. We'll then add you to the Surrey County Council Directory of Providers and give you access to the Free Early Education Portal so you can make your claims. Find out the process and what you need to do.

Find out more about providing FEET.

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I want to register to offer Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds

Find out if your setting meets the criteria to claim Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds.

If you are already registered on the Surrey County Council Directory of Providers to offer FEET we will have most of the information we need so you just need to fill in a Registration form for providing free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and send it to our Finance and Practice Team. Make sure you tick to show all of the free early education types you'll be offering (not just the ones you want to add). Either scan and email the form to free.earlyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk or post it to Finance and Practice Team, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH. We'll then contact you and set you up on the Free Early Education Portal for FEET so you can make your claims.

If you're not already registered to offer FEET, you will need to fill in a full registration pack and send it to our Finance and Practice Team. Find out the process and what you need to do.

Find out more about providing Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds.

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I want to register to offer 30 hours funded childcare

You must be registered to offer Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds (the universal 15 hours) to be able to offer 30 hours funded childcare (the extended 15 hours).

If you are already registered on the Surrey County Council Directory of Providers to offer Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds, we will have most of the information we need so you simply need to fill in a Registration form to provide 30 hours funded childcare and send this to our Finance and Practice Team. Either scan and email the form to free.earlyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk or post it to Finance and Practice Team, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH.

If you're not already registered to offer Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds, you will need to fill in a full registration pack and send it to our Finance and Practice Team. You can register to offer 30 hours funded childcare at the same time. Find out the process and what you need to do.

Find out more about providing 30 hours funded childcare.

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I need to re-register to offer free early education

If you re-register with Ofsted you also need to re-register with us so you can continue to provide free early education in Surrey. There are lots of reasons why you may need to re-register with Ofsted, for example a change of business status, operating address or business name. Ofsted will give you a new Ofsted Unique Registration Number (URN) and we will give you your new DfE URN.

To re-register you need to fill in a Registration form for providing free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. If your banking details and/or portal users are changing you will also need to fill in a BACS details form and/or Free Early Education Portal - Login request form. Send the relevant forms to our Finance and Practice Team by scanning and emailing them to free.earlyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk or posting them to Finance and Practice Team, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH. We will then tell you your new DfE URN.

If there's a change of ownership, the new owner will need to fill in a full registration pack and it will be treated as a new registration (rather than re-registering). Find out the process and what you need to do.

I am buying a setting that's already registered to offer free early education

If you are buying a setting that is already registered to offer FEET, Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds and/or 30 hours funded childcare in Surrey, you will need to fill in a full registration pack. We will treat it as a new registration as there's a change of ownership. Find out the process and what you need to do.

Contact us

You can contact the Finance and Practice Team by:

  • email: free.earlyeducation@surreycc.gov.uk (please use Egress to securely email us confidential information)
  • tel: 01372 833811
  • post: Finance and Practice Team, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH.

If you need advice about providing free early education and business modelling then contact our Early Years and Childcare Commissioning Team by emailing childcarebusinessadvice@surreycc.gov.uk

We recommend you sign up to our Childcare professionals update e-bulletin to get updates and providing free early education.

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