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Childcare Business Team 
London Borough of Barnet

North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
N11 1NP

Phone number
020 8359 7520



Free Entitlement to Early Education (FEE)

In Barnet, children can access the free entitlement to early education for three and four year olds and some two year olds in Barnet. For children aged two there is a targeted service called the Free Early Education for two year olds (FEE2) scheme and for children aged three and four there is a universal service called Free Early Education (FEE).

FEE for three and four year olds

All three and four year olds are eligible for up to 15 hours of FEE up to 38 weeks per year (term time only) free of charge. These free hours can be taken as flexibly as a childcare provider is able to offer. Children become eligible the term after their third birthday.

FEE for newly registered providers of childcare

Barnet Council is committed to working in partnership with all childcare providers across all sectors to achieve a flexible, high quality provision which meets the needs of children and promotes parental choice.

All newly registered childcare providers will be invited to attend a free early years provision information session. At this session, childcare providers will be told of the process of how to join the directory of free early education providers and how Barnet funds free early education.

Please note all childcare providers joining the directory of free early education providers will not receive funding until the end of the term in which they make their first claim.

To book a place please contact Julie Paice if you are a childminder on 020 8359 7611 or via email or Lyn Gallacher for all other types of providers on 020 8359 7619 or via email

Participation on the FEE2 scheme

In order to participate in the FEE2 scheme, childcare settings are expected to deliver a high quality childcare provision. Childcare providers must have been graded as 'Good' or 'Outstanding' in their Ofsted Inspection (those with a 'Requires Improvement' grade may qualify if working towards a 'Good').

Childcare providers are evaluated by the Early Years Standards Team, the Pre-school Inclusion Team and Barnet Pre-School Learning Alliance on the quality of the provision, inclusive practice and ability to support child with additional needs and demonstrate how the setting is meeting the Welfare Requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

New changes from September 2014

As per the updated Early education and childcare Statutory guidance for local authority’s September 2014, new providers registered with Ofsted can now participate in the FEE2 scheme prior to their first full Ofsted inspection being published. This will be based upon the following requirements first:

1. visits from the following three teams: Early Years Standards Team, the Pre-school Inclusion Team and Barnet Pre-School Learning Alliance
2. assessment of the quality of childcare being delivered
3. approval from the above teams to deliver FEE2

You can view a sample of the approval forms to participate on the FEE2 scheme here.

If you are interested in participating in the FEE2 Scheme you must contact the Childcare Business Team on 020 8359 7876 to register your interest.