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30 hour offer - Provider info

This page is for childcare providers.

If you are a parent view our parents' information page.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of early years childcare per week (if taken term time only).  This new offer enables some working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to now double this entitlement to up to 30 hours of free childcare per week (details of the eligibility criteria can be found on the parent's information page).

Children may only start accessing the extended entitlement from the term following their third birthday AND the term following receipt of their eligibility code from HMRC, whichever is later.  For the purpose of this funding, terms are defined as:

  • Autumn Term : 1 September - 31 December
  • Spring Term: 1 January - 31 March
  • Summer Term: 1 April - 31 August

Parents are encouraged to apply to HMRC's Childcare Service in the term before their child turns three in order to access a place in the term following their child's third birthday.  Please note, that the Code's Start Date only confirms that the child meets the income requirements as at that date - Childcare Providers must check the child's date of birth to decide with the extended entitlement can start. 

On being awarded eligibility, parents are given an 11 digit 'code' which will stay with the child until their reach compulsory school age, regardless of whether or not they drop in or out of eligibility.    


Icon for word Consent to validate eligibility code [52.56KB]

Issues with applications and reconfirmation of codes

Resources to support childcare providers downloads:

Icon for pdf 30 hour flow chart [215.14KB]

Icon for pdf 30 hour briefing slides [840.31KB]

Icon for pdf Break-even point calculation sheet [15.43KB]

Icon for pdf Promotional Poster for the Summer Term 2019 [309.61KB]