30 Hours Funded Childcare

Latest News

  • 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 funded 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.

 

30 Hours Funded Childcare

Introduction

The national rollout of 30 hours funded childcare commenced on 1st September 2017. 
 
By offering working parents the additional 30 hours funded childcare the government aims to give parents a real choice about how they balance raising children with their working lives. 
 
30 hours funded childcare also aims to support those parents who wish to work, or to work more hours, to be able to do so. 
 
The eligibility criteria for parents to access the additional funded hours can be found here.

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How will parents check to see if they are eligible

 
Parents can apply through the Childcare Choices website. If they are eligible they'll get an 11 digit eligibility code to give to you. You will need to validate this code using one of the two interim methods available to help you validate codes:
 

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Supporting Flexibility

Settings and parents will have increased flexibility around how they can offer/access the 30 hours offer. Following consultation the government has agreed the following changes to support parent's access 30 hours;
 
  • 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
More information will be provided when this is available, in the mean time we would recommend that the provider attempts to identify families who may be eligible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Department for Education has produced 3 frequently asked questions information documents about 30 hours funded childcare and about the use of the ECS (Eligibility Checking System) for 30 hours funded childcare.  Please see the documents below:

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