30 Hour Grant Info
From September 2017 some working parents of three and four year olds will be entitled 1,140 hours of free childcare a year. This works out at 30 hours a week over 38 weeks (normal school terms) and so you may have heard it referred to as “30 hours free childcare”. However the entitlement can be spread out over the year if there is childcare provision available. The criteria to qualify for this entitlement are:
- A child must be under compulsory school age and living in England.
- Both parents must be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent must earn, on average at least a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage (approx. £115.20 per week or £5,990.40 per year) and less than £100,000 per year.
Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not usually be eligible for the extended free entitlement.
To be eligible for the 3 and 4 year old extended entitlement of 30 funded hours from September 2017, you must have had your eligibility checked by HMRC. You can make an application via the Childcare Service portal (https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk).
If you are eligible, HMRC will issue a code which must be presented to nursery, alongside other documentation (detailed below) This will then be validated via nursery through the local authority before a 30 hours place can be allocated.
You will then be contacted by nursery to confirm your child’s place for the validated period: before this period ends parents will be notified to reconfirm their eligibility (approx every 3 months).