30 hour update from DFE for spring term - urgent

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The Department for Education has informed the LA that for this spring term we can fund 30 hour places for any parent who has a 30 hours code dated 11 January or earlier (this applies to reconfirmations and new 30 hours codes, including temporary codes).

Please note that the DfE  expect LA’s and early years providers to rely on the date of the code and not request any evidence from parents to show that they applied prior to 31 December. The cut-off date of 11 January allows one week for parents to secure a spring-term place with a provider, ahead of the annual census on 18 January.   Any child taking up a 30 hours place in the spring term must have had their code checked by the time of the annual census (18 January) in order for them to be funded by the DfE.


The DFE have also said that there is a Childcare Vouchers reconfirmation error on childcare service - On reconfirmation, some parents are seeing a message which tells them ‘You won’t be eligible if you’re still using childcare vouchers. You can reconfirm your eligibility when you’ve stopped your childcare vouchers’. This is due to a technical error as parents can of course claim both 30 hours and childcare vouchers. HMRC are working to fix this issue but in the meantime parents who receive this message should call the HMRC helpline on 0300 123 4097 straightaway so that they can be supported to successfully reconfirm.


Any queries please contact sufficiency@bradford.gov.uk




Published: 08/01/2018
Audience: All early education providers offering 30 hour places.
Contact: Sufficiency Officer Team

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