As stealth said. My ds is an end of June birthday so it covers his entire reception year. Think I will be in for a shock in Yr1 as you can also use childcare vouchers towards school fees until they turn 5.
gladders I was told by my school's accountant or else I wouldn't have known. I was delighted and like stealth says you can still use them for wrap around care after that. By vouchers I mean the ones you get through your employer, like Busy bees vouchers. The LEA nursery funding lasts up to and including the term in which they are 5 so for my June born ds it lasts his entire reception year and consequently I save about 25% on fees.
gladders - both childcare vouchers (salary sacrifice) and the LEA early years grant depend on the school's willingness to do the paperwork, so I would recommend talking to the accountant/bursar at the school. We messed the system up completely because DS was in the first term of Y1 before he turned 5 but the assistant bursar (bless her) hand-crafted the bill to meet the LEA requirements so we still got the Early Years funding.
Childcare vouchers don't actually apply for us because we use all ours for DD's nursery bills, but we could use them for after school care and holiday clubs for DS.
..but the school does have to bill in the correct manner in order to get the money back from the LEA, and it generates a lot of extra paperwork, and some don't do it - so I am afraid you just have to ask...
notimetoshop , sorry but it does matter , not all private schools meet the LEA's criteria to qualify. The LEA should be able to tell you which school nurseries qualify and that is usually an indicator if the Reception is likely to but there may be some which only start at Reception year too.