30 Hours Funded Childcare for Working Parents of 3 and 4 year olds

Extended Entitlement (30 Hour Offer)

On top of the universal 15 hours provision that all 3 and 4 year olds receive currently, the government has committed to doubling this offer for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.  The aim is to help families by reducing the cost of childcare and supporting parents to work.  The government wants to see childcare that is good for families and children.  Childcare in the early years must be a caring and happy experience that supports children’s development and gets children ready to thrive at school and in later life.

Information for Parents: Marketing materials for parents can be downloaded below and parents can find all the information and links they need to apply at www.asklion.co.uk/30hours

 Key Messages

  • Families wanting to access a 30 hour place in the Autumn term should apply no later than the end of June  to get their code in good time.
  • The Autumn term runs from 1st September - 31st December. Any parents who don't take up a Autumn place will need to wait until January to take up 30 hours.
  • Children can only access the 30 hour offer the term after they turn 3 and if their parents meet the eligibility criteria.  Parents should apply during the term that their child turns 3 so that funding can begin at the start of the following term.
  • If you’re not delivering the full 30 hours yourself, you need to be mindful that the 15 hours you are offering could be part of an eligible parents 30 hour entitlement that they may be splitting with another provider.  As such you need to know;
    • How to gain written consent and check an eligibility code
    • Whether you are the provider for their universal or extended hours
    • How the grace period works if they fall out of eligibility and the impact this could have on your funding
  • The Provider Agreement, incorporating the Local Code of Practice, is the document that all providers delivering the free entitlements will need to adhere to. This brings together the Statutory and Operational Guidance, national model agreement and local practices.  This can be found here. 

 Points of Contact: If you can’t find the answer to your query on this website, please direct your query to the appropriate contact below;

Topic Area Named contact Email Phone
Portal and Funding Issues Cheryl McClean and Katie Cooper earlyyears@nottinghamcity.gov.uk


Overall 30 Hour Lead Katherine Crossley Katherine.crossley@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 8764534
30 Hours in Practice – Your EYFS Support Worker

Catherine Smith 

 Jane Salmon

 Shirlee Leonce

 Susan Marong

 Sue Crighton