30 hours extended entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
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.
Date parent receives ineligible decision on reconfirmation
Local Authority audit date
Grace period end date
1 January to 10 February
11 February to 31 March
1 April to 26 May
27 May to 31 August
1 September to 21 October
22 October to 31 December
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.