3&4 Year Olds Extended Entitlement- 30 Hours

3&4 Year Olds Extended Entitlement- 30 Hours


30 hours for Foster Carers

From September 2018 Foster Carers who work outside their foster caring responsibilities could be eligible for the 30 hours entitlement for children they foster.

The application process including the issuing of eligibility codes is the responsibility of the local authority.

There is a leaflet showing the process for parents FOSTER CARERS 30 HOUR LEAFLET

Any foster carers that contact you should be directed to speak with their named social worker who will start the application process with them.

If a foster carer is issued an eligibility code then the code will begin with ‘40’

As a provider you should follow the same process as you do with all other 30 hour eligibility children, namely, ask them to complete a parent agreement, check the code, and enter the child’s details on the Bradford Provider Gateway


30 Hour codes for a 1st January 2019 start

Eligible parents who want their 3 or 4 year old child to start a 30 hour place from 1st January 2019 must have applied for and received their code dated 31st December or before. If a parent brings a code dated 1st January 2019 onwards you cannot offer their child a place. 

In a few cases a parent may be issued with a temporary code (beginning “11”) and these codes also must be dated 31st December 2018 or before.

Remember providers must check any new eligibility codes using the Funded 30 Hour Checker before offering a place. If you are a provider offering 30 hour places ensure you are up to date on what to do and what support you can receive by looking at the 30 hour childcare page on BSO.

Parents who are accessing a 30 hour funded place this term need to know that it is their responsibility to reconfirm their code in order to access a place from January 2019. A poster is available to display at your setting, put on websites/ social media, newsletters etc. there is also a guide for parents to disseminate to your 30 hour parents. These documents can be accessed through BSO on the 30 hour page:

Guidance on reconfirming codes

Please use these in your setting with parents to guide them on re-confirming thier code

Is it time to reconfirm your 30 hour code POSTER

Guidance for parents on reconfirming their code

Updates for Parents- HMRC Account Login guidance for parents

Many parents who have set up a HMRC account in order to access their 30 hour eligibility code or their Tax-Free childcare account are struggling to find their account again once they have logged out. HMRC have produced this guidance to assist parents.

How to access your childcare account

Frequently asked questions 

After the event at the end of June we have put together a frequently asked question sheet for all providers of funded hours. This covers information on eligibility, payments, charges, invoicing and much more.

 Click here for a copy : FAQ 

Early Years Entitlements : Operational Guidance

The DFE Operational Guidance on expectations about how the free entitlements should be delivered for local authorities and providers is now available. This operational guidance is to help local authorities and providers understand in more detail the Department of Education’s expectations about how the free entitlements should be delivered.

This guidance seeks to assist local authorities and providers through case studies of how the free entitlements are being delivered, and supports greater consistency across the country by making clear:

• what local authorities should do to fulfil their statutory responsibilities

• what providers should do to fulfil their agreement with the local authority

• what local authorities and providers may wish to do to support parents and children

Anyone who is delivering funded places should read this alongside the Statutory Guidance

Click here for a copy : Operational guidance 2018

Early Years and Childcare Statutory Guidance 2018

Guidance local authorities on fulfilling their duties under the Childcare Act 2016.Provides 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.

Click here for a copy Statutory Guidance 2018


Marketing Materials 

FREE Marketing Materials available including leaflets, banners and posters. If you have not already please fill in your request form and return as soon as possible as materials are limited  . Below are samples of the materials and the order form.

Early years  Funding Poster     Early years funding banner    Parents voices flyer

30 hour poster    30 Hour Banner       

Order Form 

Please complete the order form and send to the childcare.marketing@bradford.gov.uk  e-mail address

Images to use on Facebook and Twitter



30 hours in 30 seconds - short clips looking at flexibility, charging and starting conversations with parents. These are aimed at childminders however the messages are useful for all providers.


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 UPDATED AUG 2017

Appendix 1 Parent Questionnaire

Appendix 2 Case Studies Blended Models

Appendix 3 What is a blended Model?

Appendix 4 Lunchtimes and Charges

Appendix 5 Workbook for the PVI  ADDED AUG 2017

Appendix 6 Workbook for Schools ADDED AUG 2017

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. 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/



Delivering the 30 hours in some areas will require schools, children centres, and the private and voluntary sector to work in partnership as working parents require flexible options. We have put together a partnership guidance to help establish some areas for discussion when forming partnerships. If you would like assistance with this please e-mail the sufficiency team on the link above.

Partnership guidance 


Working parents will be entitled to up to 570 hours of additional funded hours, the addtional hours are in addition to of the universal entitlement of 570 hrs [570 hrs equates to 15hrs over 38 weeks per year]

The additional hours will be available to eligible children aged 3 at the start of the term following their 3rd birthday until the child is attending school reception.

Providers do not have to offer the extended entitlement if they do not wish to, or are unable to, however all early years funded providers offering funded hours to eligible children will be part of the delivery of the extended entitlement.

Here is detail of the goverments eligibility criteria 30 hour Eligibility Guidance

What do parents have to do? Parents must apply to HMRC for an eligibility code. Signpost parents to the Government Childcare Choices website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

What do providers have to do? Providers must have written permssion from a parent to check a code by using the Parent Agreement Form. Provider should check the code using Bradford Funded Hours Checker before offering a place. details on how to carry out a code check is in the Bradford Funded Hours Checker Guidance.


Bradford Funded Hours Checker Guidance

Bradford Funded Hours Checker Link to checker

GRACE PERIOD GUIDANCE Parents are required to reconfirm their eligibility code otherwise the code will expire and will go into a grace period for funding, this guidance covers reconfirmation and grace periods.


Delivering early years funded places from September 2017.
On June 21st we gave a short presentation on the local and national updates for funded places from September 2017.  This is a copy of the presentation  which details changes in the Statutory guidance, sufficiency of places, how to check eligibility codes and communications on the extended and universal entitlement. Please click on the link below to view

Delivering funded places

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


During March and April 2018 Childcare Works provided training on Making 30 hours Funding Work for you in Bradford. the presentations can be found below:


Day Nurseries

Schools delivering 30 hours funding

Examples of school delivery models

Schools thinking about delivering 30 hours

Tool for schools to help calculating income and places


Childcare Choices

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 


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.

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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