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.
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 April 2019 start
Eligible parents who want their 3 or 4 year old child to start a 30 hour place from 1st April 2019 must have applied for and received their code dated 31st March or before. If a parent brings a code dated 1st April 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 March 2019 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 April 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
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: 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
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
30 hour poster 30 Hour Banner
Please complete the order form and send to the
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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.
What do parents have to do? Parents must apply to HMRC for an eligibility code. Signpost parents to the Government Childcare Choices website
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
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.
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:
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
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