By offering working parents 30 hours funded childcare the government aims to give parents a real choice about how they balance raising children with their working lives and aims to support, those parents who wish to work or to work more hours, to be able to do so.
The eligibility criteria for parents to access the additional funded hours can be found here.
How do parents check to see if they are eligible
Parents can apply through the Childcare Choices website. If they are eligible they'll get an 11 digit eligibility code to give to you.
The Provider Portal is now available for you to check parent's 11 digit eligibility codes, please refer to page 35 of the Provider Portal guidance notes for further information.
Please continue to encourage parents to check their eligibility early to ensure they can take up the funded hours, when they need them.
Settings and parents now have increased flexibility around how they can offer/access the 30 hours offer. Following consultation the government has agreed the following changes to support parent's access 30 hours;
- Extended the hours over which funded provision can be accessed to 6am-8pm (please note settings will offer different session times within these times
- Removed the minimum session length for funded places so parents can access free hours more flexibility where settings are able to support this.
- Parents will be able to access up to two sites per day to claim their funded hours.