3&4 Year Olds Extended Entitlement- 30 Hours

3&4 Year Olds Extended Entitlement- 30 Hours



Early Years Universal Flexible Offer (EY-UFO Guidance)




The EY-UFO is a guidance for schools and the PVI sector who want to deliver 30 hours and contains useful tips and guidance on how this can be delivered flexibly. It also has links to useful national and local documentation.

Early Years Universal Flexible Offer

Appendix 1 Parent Questionnaire

Appendix 2 Case Studies Blended Models

Appendix 3 What is a blended Model?

Appendix 4 Lunchtimes and Charges

Parent Questionnaire

This template is for schools and PVI providers to survey current or future parents, to see if they are eligible for the 30 hours and assess demands for your services. It is designed so that you can add to it or change to suit your settings needs. The highlighted areas are for you to enter your own details or for your information.

Parent questionnaire

Childcare Works updates

The Department for Education (DfE) awarded a two-year national support contract to Childcare Works in October 2016. The project is to work with providers and local authorities on the implementation of the extended entitlement to 30-hours of free childcare for working parents.

There are lots of useful resources available through their website http://www.childcareworks.co.uk/

Childcare Works are also holding FREE briefings sessions for providers and more information is available through their website.


What is the 30 hours Extended Entitlement?

From September 2017, working parents will be entitled to up to 15 hours a week of additional extended entitlement on top of the universal entitlement of 15 hours of free early education.  The additional 15 hours will be available to eligible children aged 3 at the start of the term following their 3rd birthday until the child is attending Reception.   Providers do not have to offer the extended entitlement.

Who is eligible? 

  • both parents are working or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family (including self-employed persons)
  • and each parent earns on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW).
  • Parents do not necessarily need to actually work 16 hours a week, but rather their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at NMW or NLW
  • and learn ess than £100,000 per year (per individual).
  • Foster carers are eligible for their own children but not the children they foster

In addition one parent is employed and one parent:

  • has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;
  • is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

Print eligiblity criteria


Preparing for 30 hours

From January- March 2017 short presentations were delivered by Children Centre Reach areas click on the link for a copy . 

Airedale and Wharfedale Cluster

BD5 Cluster

Keighley Cluster

Lister Park Cluster

East Bradford Cluster

South Cluster

West Cluster




Questionnaire to completed by all Bradford early education and childcare providers about the funded 30 hour places 

 We are asking all early years providers, what part of the offer, if any, they will be delivering from September 2017. This will enable Bradford Council to set up providers on the appropriate systems and publish where places are available to parents.

The questionnaire is for primary schools with nursery classes, nursery schools, day nurseries, pre schools , independent schools, childminders, and out of school childcare providers

From September 2017 eligible parents of 3 or 4 year olds are entitled to an additional 15 hours childcare in addition to their current 15 hours entitlement (known as the extended entitlement for working parents)

The online questionnaire will take less than 2 minutes to complete. Please complete by the 31st March 2017

LINK TO THE QUESTIONAIRE https://surveys.bradford.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=148907392436

If you have any queries or require support contact sufficiency@bradford.gov.uk

The long anticipated Statutory Guidance and Model Provider Agreement were published on the 3rd March 2017

These are the documents that guide local authorities on fulfilling their duties under the Childcare Act 2016.

They provide guidance which applies to the free entitlement for two, three and four year olds, both the universal entitlement of 15 hours and the extended entitlement of 30 hours for working families.

Bradford Council will now begin work on the impact of these changes and any requirements to amend current documentation and processes.

We urge you to read the documents, and we welcome your questions and comments via this email address sufficiency@bradford.gov.uk

Statutory guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-education-and-childcare--2

Model agreement: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/free-early-years-provision-and-childcare-model-agreement


Briefing sessions on the Statutory guidance and further updates on the 30 hours for all providers will be held on the 25 May and 6 June 2017, the session times, venues and booking process will be shared once confirmed.

New Tax-Free Childcare Schemes in 2017 - Updates for Parent

Parents can now register on the goverment website to get updates when the Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare will be available and how they can apply. Share it with your parents.


Childcare Choices- 22nd March 2017

Today, the Government is introducing Childcare Choices. Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers for the first time, helping parents find the right childcare support to suit them.

As part of Childcare Choices we’re introducing two new offers in 2017 – Tax-Free Childcare, which will be introduced on 28 April and gradually rolled out, and 30 hours free childcare, available from September 2017. From the end of April, parents will begin to apply for both schemes at the same time through a new digital childcare service.

The new Childcare Choices website provides information on the new and existing Government childcare offers: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

Please share this with your parents on this site is a place where they can sign up to get an e-mail alert for when the eligibility checker for the 30 hours is available

Here is a suggested e-mail you could send your parents or to put onto your website 

 Subject line: Government launches new schemes to help with childcare costs

Dear parent,

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk




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