30 Hours message for Parents
30 hour Funding
We have been advised by DfE that if a parent faces a reduced income due to coronavirus, they will be treated as meeting the minimum income threshold for 30 hours until 31st October and should therefore be able to reconfirm their 30 hour code.
If a parent has been made redundant whilst they are in receipt of the 30 hours entitlement, they will be able to claim 30 hours until their next reconfirmation date (parents need to reconfirm eligibility every 3 months). After this reconfirmation date, they will enter a grace period during which they can still access 30 hours. If at any point they regain employment which takes them above the minimum threshold, they will be able to reconfirm and continue their 30 hours without a break.
With regards to the length of the grace period, parents who fail to reconfirm their eligibility in the first half of a term are able to retain their childcare place until the end of that term (31st December); parents who fail to reconfirm in the second half of a term are able to retain their childcare place until the end of the following term (31st March).
We would strongly encourage those who have become eligible in autumn to apply in good time, ahead of the 31st December deadline so they have 30 hours code confirmed and ready to access hours in the spring term (from 1st January).