Barnies Day Nurseries and Pre-schools


Free Early Education for 2 year olds is known in Kent as FF2
(up to 15 hours)

A child is eligible if:

  • they come within the criteria used to determine eligibility for Free School Meals
  • their families receive Working Tax Credits and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 per year
  • their families receive Universal Credit and have an annual net income of no more than £15,400
  • they have a current statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and care plan
  • they are entitled to Disability Living Allowance
  • they are looked after by a local authority
  • they are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order which specifies with whom the child lives.

Eligible children can start claiming after they turn two, depending on when their birthday is.


 Child's 2nd birthday    When they can claim from
1 January to 31 March   The beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August   The beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December   The beginning of term on or after 1 January


Kent County Council's website has more information on how to apply for free early education for 2 year olds.

Parents with eligible children are welcome to apply for a place at Barnies subject to availability and will need to provide the confirmation email from KCC as evidence before a place can be reserved.

This allocation can be split between EYFS providers but once the amount to be claimed at Barnies has been established parents are required to sign the KCC Parental Declaration as confirmation. The funding is only applicable during the stipulated term dates as stated by KCC with a maximum period of 38 weeks per year. KCC use the Single Funding Formula to determine the cost of ‘education’ under the government funding but additional charges are applicable for the ‘wrap around care’.  Therefore, fees for the wrap around care are charged at the usual rate.

Please do not hesitate to ask the setting for further information.

More information is available at