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Reminder regarding 30 hour codes eligibility dates for the Summer Term

30 hour codes for the Summer Term


The next deadline for 30 hours applications is 31 March 2023 for parents with three- and four-year-old children who would like to access a 30 hours place from 1 April 2023. We would encourage parents to apply in plenty of time ahead of this date, in case HMRC requires additional information.

Please communicate this via your parents, and refer them to https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ to apply.


Provider checks – key dates when checking 30 hour codes

Codes must be checked prior to offering the place.

  • Validity Start Date must be before 31/03/2023
  • Validity End Date must be after 01/04/2023

If the validity end date is prior to the 01/04/2023, then the code is in the Grace Period. Grace Periods become active if parents fall out of eligibility or fail to reconfirm their code

Please note, grace periods are for continuation of the extended funded hours at a provider, children cannot start the additional hours when in a grace period.



Published: 23/03/2023
Audience: School Business Managers of Nursery and Primary Schools with Nursery Classes/Managers
Contact: Early Education Funding Team

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