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30 hours extended entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

To access 30 hours extended entitlement you must have applied for, and be in receipt of, an eligibility code by the following deadlines:

  • 31 August - funding starting in the autumn term
  • 31 December - funding starting in the spring term
  • 31 March - funding starting in the summer term

Please be aware it can take up to 15 days from date of application for HRMC to issue a code. The validity start date is the date a code is issued and not the date of application.

Please make sure you allow sufficient time when applying to make sure your code is received by the relevant deadlines detailed above.

I am no longer eligible - what happens next?

If your working status should change, for example you are made redundant; your child can continue to have the additional free hours until you are asked to reconfirm your status by HMRC.

If at the time of reconfirming your status you do not qualify for the extended entitlement, there will be a ‘grace period’ which allows for changes to your working status such as starting another job.

The grace period end date will automatically be applied to eligibility codes and will be determined as per the table below.

Table showing dates of grace periods

Date parent receives ineligible decision on reconfirmation

Local Authority audit date

Grace period end date

1 January to 10 February

11 February

31 March

11 February to 31 March

1 April

31 August

1 April to 26 May

27 May

31 August

27 May to 31 August

1 September

31 December

1 September to 21 October

22 October

31 December

22 October to 31 December

1 January

31 March

The Local Authority will inform childcare providers of children who no longer meet the eligibility criteria and their grace periods. Childcare providers will then talk to parents about any changes to attendance patterns and/or payment options.

Please note that the Local Authority cannot assist with any queries regarding eligibility for the extended entitlement. Parents will need to contact HMRC via their Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.

Contact information

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