Autumn Term 2017 Funding


Please click on the links to download the letter and Parent Agreement Form.


Autumn 2017 Early Years Funding Letter


Autumn 2017 FEEE Parent Declaration Form


Privacy Notice


Ethnicity Form



 Childcare Choices

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. 

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. Click on the link below to sign up for an account.


To find out if you are eligible for a range of government childcare offers including 30 hours click on the link below

Term dates

Little Darwins generally follows the Essex County Council set term dates and you can download our specific term dates from the links below. 


Little Darwins is open 51 weeks per year (we close on 23rd December 2017 and re-open on 3rd January 2018).




 Funding - Free Education Entitlement Grant (FEEG)

Free Early Education Entitlement for Two, Three and Four Year Olds - A Guide for Parents


What is the Free Education Entitlement Grant?

FEEG has been introduced by the Government to provide a free early education place (at least part-time) for all 3 year olds and all 4 year olds. If you have a 3 or 4 year old child you will be eligible for this.

How much is the grant?

The 15 hours has to be taken over five three hour sessions either 9 – 12 or 12 – 3. If your child attends a full time place the Funding entitlement will be applied on the invoice. The funding can be shared between two different settings as long as adds up to 15 hours per week.

The grant is paid over the school year which is divided into three terms because the grant is for nursery education available during school terms only. Payment therefore does not cover what would be normal school holidays.

Which children are eligible for grant?

The grant will be available for all children from the start of the term following their third birthday until they start in a reception class.

A child aged three by:

    * 31 March will be eligible for grant in the Summer Term    

    * 31 August will be eligible for grant in the Autumn Term    

    * 31 December will be eligible for grant in the Spring Term

Children will still be eligible if they join in the middle of the term and we can apply for funding.

The nursery has funding for 38 weeks per year. Full details of our term dates can be viewed under Information


2 Year Old Funding


At Little Darwin’s we are able to offer 2 Year old Funding.

If you believe you may be eligible please do not hesitate to speak to the Manager or our Admin team. If you are in receipt of one of the following you are eligible for 15 hours FREE funding for your two year old.

• Income Support • Income based Job Seekers Allowance • Child and Family Tax Credits at the higher rate than the family element • Extra Working Tax Credits relating to Disability or Pension Credits Other possible eligibility

In order to receive this funding we need to see proof of eligibility, i.e. a letter from the Job Centre/Working Tax Credits which states what you are claiming, alongside your child’s birth certificate.