Extended Entitlement (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 is known as the universal entitlement. The extended entitlement is the offer of an additional 15 hours per week on top of the universal entitlement. This is available to working parents, full 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. 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.

Parents must renew their code approximately every three months. Failure to renew a code in time may result in a parent becoming ineligible to access the extended entitlement.

Date parameters
When a child turns 3When they can access 30 hoursRecommended time to applyStart date of code must be:
1 September to 31 DecemberSpring term starting 1 January15 October to 30 November31 December or before
1 January to 31 MarchSummer term starting 1 April15 January to 28 February31 March or before
1 April to 31 AugustAutumn term starting 1 September15 June to 31 July31 August or before

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.


Consent to validate eligibility code (Word doc) [81KB] (opens new window)

Issues with applications and reconfirmation of codes

Resources to support childcare providers downloads:

30 hour flow chart (PDF) [215KB] (opens new window)

Break-even point calculation sheet (PDF) [15KB] (opens new window)