Early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
- Early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
- 30 hours additional childcare
30 hours additional childcare
You can claim up to 15 additional hours if you meet the eligibility criteria, on top of the 15 hours of Universal Entitlement.
Funding can be taken over 38 weeks (term time), 47.5 weeks, 51 weeks or 52 weeks.
Your childcare provider can explain how they would claim the funding – whether it is used over term time or if they 'stretch it' over a longer period of time throughout the year.
This will change how many hours you can claim in the week - but a stretched offer may be more suitable. Please ask your childcare provider for further details.
When to apply
You need to have applied for and received an eligible code from HMRC before the start of the funding block in which your child will be eligible.
You will be given a start date for this code which will match the day you apply.
This date must be before the end of the previous funding block.
We are unable to fund codes that have been issued after the deadline. These codes will be eligible for the next full funding block.
|Date of child's third birthday||Date you need to apply by||Date child becomes eligible for the 30-hour entitlement (if parents have had eligibility confirmed)|
|1 January to 31 March||31 March||Start of term beginning on or following 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||31 August||Start of term beginning or following 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||31 December||Start of term beginning or following 1 January|
Please allow time for HMRC to process your code and for your provider to validate it. The 30-hour code application deadlines have been set by the Department for Education.
We recommend you apply at least 3 weeks before the deadline date, in case of any delays when receiving your code.
Your childcare provider may have set their own deadline for validating 30 hour codes prior to the beginning of each term. This is particularly the case for funded places beginning in September with providers who are closed for the Summer holidays.
Please talk to your childcare provider about when you should provide them with your 30-hour code, in order to ensure your child will receive the funding.
You can apply for additional hours.
You must confirm your details are up to date every 3 months or your code will expire and funding for your additional hours will stop.
You can access the funded entitlement at most Ofsted registered childcare providers.
- private day nurseries
- pre-school playgroups
- maintained nurseries
- childminders, including childminders registered with a Childminding Agency
- out of school provision
- independent schools
Please check that the provider offers the additional hours, and all of the terms and conditions, before taking up the place.
If you need any help, please email [email protected].
Last updated 05 June 2023