Funded childcare for working parents of three and four year olds.
To access 30 hours extended entitlement you must have applied for, and be in receipt of, an eligibility code by the following deadlines:
Please be aware it can take up to 15 days from date of application for HMRC to issue a code. The validity start date is the date a code is issued and not the date of application. Please ensure you allow sufficient time when applying to ensure your code is received by the relevant deadlines detailed above.
All three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded early education a week for up to 38 weeks a year (570 hours a year). This is known as the ‘universal entitlement’.
The government doubled this entitlement to 30 hours a week x 38 weeks of the year (1,140 hours a year) to support working parents with childcare costs.
The entitlement can be 'stretched' less hours, more weeks dependent upon your childcare providers availability.
Benefits of accessing 30 hours free childcare
The Department for Education have produced a number of case study videos about the benefits of accessing 30 hours childcare. You can watch the videos on YouTube.
Who is eligible?
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:
Children in foster care who are aged three or four year old will be able to receive 30 hours childcare, if the following criteria are met:
You should start by discussing this with the local authority responsible for the child (child’s corporate parent) in Salford this is the child’s social worker.
Please read further information on our fostering section.
Who will not qualify?
A parent will not meet the criteria when:
How do I apply?
The Department of Education has produced a short ‘how to apply for 30 hours' animation video that you can watch on YouTube.
You must apply for the extended entitlement hours through the Childcare Choices website.
You will need:
If you are eligible, you will receive an 11 digit code to take directly to a participating childcare provider.
They will then gain your written permission to verify the code with the Local Authority.
Once verified, a place can be confirmed for the funding period after your child becomes three years old.
When can I start using my extended entitlement hours?
If you are eligible for this funding it will begin the term after your child’s third birthday.
Please note: if you become eligible after the start of a funding period, you must wait until the following period to access your extended entitlement place.
The funding periods are:
When would my extended entitlement hours stop?
You will be prompted by text, and/or email every 3 months to reconfirm your eligibility details. If you do not reconfirm, or your circumstances change, you will only be able to access the extended entitlement hours for a short time known as a ‘Grace Period’.
|Date parent receives ineligible decision on
|LA audit date||Grace period end date|
|Between 1 January and 10 February||11 February||31 March|
|Between 11 February and 31 March||1 April||31 August|
|Between 1 April and 26 May||27 May||31 August|
|Between 27 May and 31 August||1 September||31 December|
|Between 1 September and 21 October||22 October||31 December|
|Between 22 October and 31 December||1 January||31 March|
If the grace period has expired and you have not met the eligibility criteria again, you would only be able to access the universal entitlement (570 hours per year).
Extended entitlement hours will also stop
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This page was last updated on 22 July 2019