30 Hours of Free Childcare
- The Provider Portal is now available for you to check parent's 11 digit eligibility codes, please refer to page 35 of the Provider Portal guidance notes for further information. The previous interim system for checking codes is no longer available.
- Parents can now access 30 hours free childcare by completing an eligibility check through the childcare choices website. Please continue to encourage parents to check their eligibility early to ensure they can take up the hours when they need them.
Information for parents has been updated on our parent pages. Please can you refer parents to this valuable source of information regarding eligibility and how and when to apply.
The HMRC have asked that you share their information with any parents who are having difficulty finding their code so they do not need to contact the call centre.
- Eligibility Criteria
- National Minimum Wage from April 2017
- How will parents check to see if they are eligible
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How much will the hourly rate be for the 30 hours free childcare?
- Supporting Flexibility
- Government Consultation on 30 Hours Free Childcare
- Tax Free Childcare
- Both parents need to be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family);
- Each parent has a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage;
- Neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year ;
- Parents will only be able to apply for the additional hours if they are resident in the UK, as in the case for Tax Free Childcare.
Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will usually not be eligible for the additional hours. However, the draft criteria also states that the additional entitlement should be available in the following circumstances;
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave;
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave;
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay;
- One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;
- One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.
National Minimum Wage from April 2017
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How will parents check to see if they are eligible
Method 1. If you want to check codes individually please use this this link.
Method 2. If you would like to check multiple codes please refer to the process as set out in the '30 Hours Eligibility Validation - guidance for settings' document.
How parents who've applied for 30 hours already can access their account
Frequently Asked Questions
DfE - 30 Hours Frequently Asked Questions (212 KB, Acrobat PDF)
DfE 30 Hours - Mythbuster FAQ (168 KB, Acrobat PDF)
DfE - ECS 30 Hours Frequently Asked Questions (293 KB, Acrobat PDF)
DfE 30 Hours Frequently Asked Questions - Eligibility (133 KB, Acrobat PDF)
How much will the hourly rate be for the 30 hours free childcare?
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|3&4 Year Olds||Nursery Schools||Nursery Classes||PVI||Childminders|
- The child is in receipt of child disability living allowance and;
- The child receives free early education.
- Extended the hours over which funded provision can be accessed to 6am-8pm (please note settings will offer different session times within these times
- Removed the minimum session length for funded places so parents can access free hours more flexibility where settings are able to support this.
- Parents will be able to access up to two sites per day to claim their funded hours
Government Consultation on 30 Hours Free Childcare
30 Hours Childcare Early Implementers
- 30 Hours Childcare Early Implementers Video
The DfE recently spoke to parents and childcare providers in Wigan who have taken up a 30 hours place for their child as part of the early implementer programme, to find what the additional hours have meant for them.