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

Guidance on reconfirming 30 hour 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




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    

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

Images to use on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter  Facebook

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

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.

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 Link to checker


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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