The Early Years Entitlement Funding

In order that our families are able to access our provision we have agreed to adopt and work in Partnership with the Somerset Code of Practice for Early Years.


Somerset offers a maximum of 570 hours per year of Early Years Entitlement (EYE) for some two year olds and all three and four year olds. There are a further 570 hours available to three and four year olds for qualifying families. These can be accessed flexibly in our setting throughout 51 weeks of the year.  Our stretched offer affords you more flexibility and aims to support a working family life.

There is no minimum entitlement per day but the maximum hours per week that may be claimed is 15 for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds. For those families qualifying for the additional entitlement, the maximum amount of hours which can be claimed each week is 30.

Taunton School Pre-Prep and Nursery are able to pass on the Early Years Funding Formula base rate worth £3.96 an hour, to be reviewed in April 2020.  This funding reflects the quality of our purpose-built facilities, highly qualified staff and inclusive programme.  We have swimming teachers, specialist music staff, qualified teachers in all EYFS rooms and specialist facilities for the children to use.  You are able to join us for a free swimming session on a Wednesday, and Nursery children have the opportunity to swim once or twice a week.

More detail regarding the above can be found within the Early Years Entitlement Funding Policy.

Somerset County Council provides lots of information and guidance to help you make an informed choice. More information is available online on or by calling 0300 1232224.

We also have information leaflets, please contact our Nursery and Pre-Prep Admissions Administrator on 01823 703302 or for a copy.