Where your child is eligible, we accept the following types of funding claims;

  • Universal funding for 3 & 4 year olds (15 hours)
  • Extended hours funding for 3 & 4 year olds (30 hours of which we can offer a maximum of 21 hours per week)
  • Two year old entitlement


In order to receive funding, we must receive a Funding Claim Form for your child.

The completion of this claim form is mandatory. Parent/Carers MUST return a completed and signed form BEFORE checks can be actioned to confirm eligibility and a claim can be submitted on the portal.


Please see below a link to a booklet regarding this funding.  This booklet is a complete guide published by the County Council for parents/carers concerning Early Education Funding, and aims to inform you what is available and the rules of each entitlement.


Parents/carers must confirm that they have read this document before claiming funding for their child(ren).

Funding Brochure



Extended 30 hour entitlement

Claims for extended hours require an eligibility code.  This code must be applied for before the end of the previous term.  Please refer to the full guidance regarding this here –



Workplace or Childcare Vouchers

First Steps is a registered provider for Tax-Free Childcare.  Please refer to the guidance here –


We follow Norfolk school term dates

Spring Term 2021

Monday 4th January 2021 to Friday 12th February 2021

Monday 22nd February 2021 to Friday 26th March 2021


Welcome back! Happy New Year to all our First Steps families