Early Years Advice

Free Early Education for Two year olds (FEET) is an offer of up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week. Check the list below to see if you can get FEET funding, as it is only available to a small number of two year olds in Surrey.

Financial Criteria

If you receive one of the benefits listed below, you can apply for FEET.

  • Income Support.
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Tax Credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax.
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit.

Automatically Funded Criteria

If your child is in one of the groups listed below, they will be automatically eligible for FEET funding.

  • Child looked after by a local council.
  • Child who has been adopted or has left care through special guardianship or a child arrangements order.
  • Child with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan.
  • Child getting Disability Living Allowance.

If your family is successful in getting FEET, your child will be able to get a free early education place from the start of the school term after their second birthday. And you’ll be able to take up to 15 hours of free early education a week, for a total of 38 weeks. Or, if your childcare provider is open all year, you may be able to take less than 15 hours of free early education a week but spread the total number of free hours over more weeks.

The Funded Childcare Parent Portal is an online system where parents, carers or someone helping a family, can apply for funded childcare for two year olds. You can make an application here.

You can apply for FEET Funding and find out more about it at www.surreycc.gov.uk/feet or by contacting the Family Information Service at surrey.fis@surreycc.gov.uk or by calling 0300 200 1004.