Epsom Downs Primary School & Children's Cnetre

Free EARLY EDUCATION - term time only

Children are entitled to up to 15 hours per week childcare for 38 weeks of the year (school term) from the term after their third birthday, as follows:

Date of birth between Start EYFE
1 September - 31 December Following January
1 January  - 31 March Following April
1 April - 31 August Following September

Free Early Education Funded term times 2022/2023             

Autumn               5/9-21/10  &  31/10-16/12

Spring                   9/1-10/2  &  20/2-31/3

Summer               17/4-26/5  &  5/6-21/7

Free Early Education Funded term times 2023/2024             

 Autumn               4/9-20/10  &  30/10-15/12

 Spring                   8/1-9/2  &  19/2/24-29/3

 Summer               15/4-24/5  &  3/6/-19/7

We do not require a registration fee or deposit for children only accessing FEE sessions. Places are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 10 hours may be taken in any one day, 15 hours may be taken across 2 or more days.

These sessions only run during the FEE term and your child will not be expected to attend outside of term time.

Session Session Time Hours per session
Full Day FEE 8am - 6pm 10 (1 session per week)
Full AM FEE 8am - 1pm 5 (up to 3 sessions per week)
Full PM FEE 1pm - 6pm 5 (up to 3 sessions per week)
3 hour AM FEE 9am - 12pm 3 (up to 5 sessions per week)
3 hour PM FEE 12.15pm - 3.15pm 3 (up to 5 sessions per week)

Most working parents of 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for an extra 15 hours of funded childcare a week, term time. Added to their current universal entitlement of 15 hours, this means that their free early education entitlement will increase to a total of 30 hours a week, term time. Information can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

Alternatively, if you wish your child to attend for more than their funded hours, we will only charge for the additional sessions. These additional paid sessions will be charged 51 weeks of the year. All 10 hour and 5 hour funded sessions can also be taken during holidays and will be charged at our usual rates.

Breakfast and snacks are provided free during the sessions. Lunch and/or tea can be provided at an additional cost.


Before your child can attend funded sessions, we require a completed FEE registration form (available from the Day Nursery administration department) in addition to your child's birth certificate or passport. This registration form only needs to be completed once.

At the start of every term, we also need you to complete a 'Declaration of Attendance' form.

More Information

 Surrey County Council Information - 30 hours free childcare for working parents

 Surrey County Council Information - Free Early Education for 2 year olds (FEET)

 Childcare Calculator 

The following short film gives you a taste of what the children are gain from the experience of being at nursery.


Free Workshop

Surrey County Council have a new workshop to help parents how to access childcare and access support services.
The Accessing Early years Services and Support Workshop is a FREE 1.5 hours workshop delivered online
Parents can book directly through their webpage by selecting the ‘book a parenting course today’ button.
This and other available courses are available to book through their webpage link below.