Funding – 15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, for example if you get certain benefits.
15 hours free childcare
All children in England get 570 free hours per year. Kids adVentures allow parents to claim either:
· Three 5 hour session’s a week for 38 weeks per year,
· Two 5 hour session’s a week for 51 weeks and twelve additional sessions for when you need ad-hoc childcare.
You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.
30 hours free childcare
From September 2017, you may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).
If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.
· Six 5 hour session’s a week for 38 weeks per year,
· Four 5 hour session’s a week for 51 weeks and Twenty – Four additional sessions for when you need ad-hoc childcare.
See below for further details on how to apply. Remember the deadline for the September 2017 term is 31st August 2017.
Example of Fees for Children with Extended Childcare
For example, if a parent has 30 hours free childcare entitlement then the costs would be as follows:
|Day||Morning Session (7:30 to 12:30)||Afternoon Session (12:30 to 17:30)||Closing Time (17:30 to 18:00)||Total|
Application: How do parents apply for 30 hours (extended entitlement)?
Parents should apply via the childcare service. They will be asked to:
1. Create a Government Gateway account if they do not already have one. If they do, they will need to sign into Government Gateway to verify their identity before accessing the childcare service. Parents can find details and instructions on how to register for a Government Gateway account at gov.uk.
2. Once in the childcare service, enter their personal details including their name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for their partner (if they have one).
3. Declare that they expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months.
4. Declare whether they are in receipt of any relevant benefits. Having completed their application, if eligible, parents will:
5. Have a childcare service account. In the “secure messages” section of their account, parents will receive messages regarding their eligibility.
6. Be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for their child – this can be found in the ’30 hours free childcare’ section of their childcare service account (see Image A) and in their ‘secure messages’ section (see Image B). These codes normally start with ‘500’. However, there are a small number of cases where parents might have a temporary code starting with ‘11’.
7. Be asked to take this code (along with their National Insurance number and child’s date of birth) to their provider to reserve their 30 hours place.
Parents who need assistance to apply, or who do not have access to the internet, can call the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 and apply over the phone.
If parents encounter any problems during the application process or accessing their childcare service account, they should direct their queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre. Local authorities and providers should direct parents to the childcare service guidance pages in the first instance. The telephone number can be found under ‘Get help’.