Nursery education funding (NEF)

Nursery education funding (NEF)

All 3 and 4 year old children, as well as some 2 year old children, are entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year. Some 3 and 4 year old children are also entitled to an additional 15 hours per week. Any Ofsted registered early years provider is eligible to sign up with Worcestershire County Council to offer these hours.

Nursery Education Funding Team

  • provide information about two, three and four year old funding.
  • manage, monitor and market two year old funding within Worcestershire.
  • support and challenge schools and settings to offer funded places within the legal guidelines.
  • support settings to offer funded places sustainably.
  • support the take-up of two, three and four year old funded places within Worcestershire.
  • support the take-up of early years pupil premium.
  • ensure that there is sufficient childcare within Worcestershire. 
  • manage the parental appeals process.

Information on funding from Worcestershire Children First

Website: 2 year old finding (opens in a new window)

Website: 3 and 4 year old finding (opens in a new window)

Contact the NEF team

Two year old funding

Three and four year old funding

Business Support

NEF Payments

Online Provider Portal
Telephone: 01905 766766

Children’s Services Portal
Telephone: 01905 766766