30 hour Extended Entitlement - Information for parents and childcare providers

Updated August 2017

The government has committed to doubling the amount of Early Education Funded places from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds from September 2017. The government want the 30 hours extended entitlement to have a real impact on the lives of families, supporting parents who wish to work, or to work more hours, to be able to do so.

Access to the childcare service as a parent or childcare provider

Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours funded childcare are new government schemes to help parents with the cost of childcare. Both schemes can be applied for through a single online application – the childcare service.

To qualify, parents must be in work, and each earning at least £115 a week (on average) and not more than £100,000 each per year.

Parents can use Tax-Free Childcare alongside the 15 and 30 hours funded childcare schemes in England, or any funded childcare hours provided by the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland governments.

Parents can't use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as they receive childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or tax credits. However, 30 hours Extended Entitlement can be received alongside these schemes. 

You can find further information and advice on the new Childcare Choices website here https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/. 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.

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

Who to contact

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Families Information Service
01925 443131

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