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Funding support for childcare providers

We provide funding for free early education places for all 3 and 4-year-olds and eligible 2-year-olds in Merton in the maintained, private, voluntary or independent (PVI) sectors.

Funding is provided for these 2, 3 and 4-year-olds for up to 570 hours of early education over the course of a year.

Summer Term Headcount 2016

Headcount week is16 to 20 May 2016

The deadline for submission of completed collectors is 5.00pm on Monday 23 May. Any provider who submits after this time will be subject to delays in their funding and a £50 administration fee.

Please note:

  • Providers must use the latest version of the Headcount Collector, which can be downloaded below. Previous versions of the collector cannot be accepted.

Download the Summer 2016 Headcount Collector

Download the Summer 2016 Headcount Collector Form Guidance

There are two ways of returning your Headcount submission securely.

1.Proofpoint Encrypted Email
You will receive an email on the first day of the headcount entitled “[Encrypted] “Merton Period2/Autumn Term Headcount Submission Email”. Please see page 43 of the Headcount Collector Submission Guidance for details


2. USO-FX via London Gird For Learning:
If you have a USO-FX Login (providers registered for Early Education Funding pre-01/09/15), you can continue to use this service if you wish. Please see page 37 of the Headcount Collector Submission Guidance for details.

All other methods of submission are prohibited.

Download the Summer 2016 Headcount Collector Submission Guidance

For more information about SEN and EHCP funding, please read the Guide to SEN and EHCP Funding

Early Education Funding Timescales 2016/17

Apply for funding

Early education providers must make sure they have written approval from us and complete and submit a contract to claim this funding before they offer free places to children.

To receive funding you must meet the criteria laid out in the Code of Practice and Conditions of Funding of Early Education for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds and be listed in the Merton Directory of Providers.

Complete the Registration Form to register your interest in receiving funding and be listed in the Directory of Providers. Forms must be returned to us using the contact details on this page.

The Registration Form also gives providers the choice to join the Merton Continuous Improvement Framework (CIF) and receive support, training, advice and guidance.

Annual Contract 2016-17

To help you complete your contract, please refer to the Contract User Guide

If you are new to the directory of providers, you will also need to provide your bank details. Please use the Bank Details Form to do this

Please email your completed contract and bank details form to

Supporting documents

Do NOT send any child information via email as this is not a secure method and has the potential of being intercepted by an unknown source. Any documents that contain child information must be sent via the online secure submission facility USO-FX through the London Grid for Learning (LGFL) using your LFGL login.

Contact Us

Early Education Funding Administration
Early Years, Childcare and Children's Centres Service
10th Floor, Civic Centre
London Road


This page was last updated on Thursday 23 June 2016

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