Extended Entitlement (30 Hours Funded Childcare)
Some working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to up to 1,140 hours of funded early years provision across the year (30 hours per week term time). The Childcare Act 2016 gives more information about this.
- Who is eligible?
The extended entitlement is being introduced to support working parents with the cost of childcare and to help parents who would like to work more hours. Details of the eligibility criteria can be found here
The government’s website Childcare Choices gives information about all current and upcoming childcare offers and support available to parents.
- How is eligibility of parents checked?
- Parents will check their eligibility on the government’s Childcare Service website.
- Eligible parents will be given a unique 11 digit code which they will pass onto their childcare provider. Childcare providers can use the Extended Entitlement Funding Declaration Form Template to collect the relevant information.
- Providers will need to validate the code through the Provider Portal. Please see the Extended Entitlement (30 hours) – Eligibility Code Checking Guide.
- Providers will claim the funding from Devon County Council in the same way you do now by entering the additional hours onto the provider portal.
Devon County Council must validate the child’s code, checking that the parent is still eligible before you will be paid.
This will be done at six points during the year (see table below) and you will receive a report to indicate each child’s eligibility.
If a parent becomes ineligible, there will be a ‘grace period’ in which you will continue to receive funding for a newly ineligible child until the end of the relevant funding period.
Date at which parent becomes ineligible Devon County Council Eligibility Checking Date Grace period ends 1 January – 10 February 11 February 31 March (end of spring term) 11 February – 31 March 1 April 31 August (end of summer term) 1 April – 26 May 27 May 31 August (end of summer term) 27 May – 31 August 1 September 31 December (end of autumn term) 1 September – 21 October 22 October 31 December (end of autumn term) 22 October – 31 December 1 January 31 March (end of spring term)
If the child is no longer eligible for the extended entitlement and the grace period has ended you can continue to claim the 570 hours universal entitlement for that child.
- Is your business ready?
Childcare Works is a government-appointed organisation working on the implementation of the extended entitlement. They have produced useful tools and guides to help you get your business ready:
- Getting ready for 30 hours
- 10 steps workbook– Getting ready for 30 hours childcare for working parents – PVI providers
- 10 steps workbook – Getting ready for 30 hours childcare for working parents – for Schools
- Extended Entitlement – Getting ready (flowchart for providers)
- Extended Entitlement – Journey for parents (flowchart for parents)
Step one: Survey parents
The Early Years and Childcare Service have designed a template questionnaire for you to use to survey parents on their eligibility to the extended entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds and their plans to use it. This is important to help you to plan your services for September 2017.
Step two: Offering the extended entitlement yourself
When planning how to incorporate the extended entitlement in your business, please consider what you can offer parents. If you can provide the additional hours yourself, the following examples could be used:
- 1,140 stretched hours a year
- 30 hours over 38 weeks (term time)
- 24 hours stretched over 47.5 weeks
- 22.35 hours stretched over 51 weeks
For ideas on how to offer the extended entitlement, please see Examples of Funding Models for the extended entitlement.
We anticipate an increase in demand for all-year provision and as such, the examples above are not a definitive list; you may have other models that better suit your business needs.
Step three: Working in partnership with other providers
If you are unable to offer some or all of the extended entitlement, you should investigate working in partnership with other providers to do so. This can be called a blended offer. The 30 hours mixed model partnership toolkit provides more information about this. The toolkit also gives examples of several blended models between various childcare providers.
Step four: Contact Devon County Council
The Early Years and Childcare Service will be contacting all funded providers later in the summer term to request completion of a new provider agreement on which you can indicate if your provision will be offering the extended entitlement.
- How much will we be paid?
Childcare providers in Devon will be paid £4.06 per hour per child. This rate is the same as it is for the universal entitlement to 570 hours.
- Important Message for Parents Letter – June 2017
- How parents can access the childcare service
- Supporting take-up of early years entitlements – Information Session – August 2017
- Portal Guidance Notes – Validation of 30 Hour codes and Dashboard notifications
- The Childcare Service – The Parent Customer Journey
- Portal Guidance Notes – Amendment Task – 30 hours Extended Entitlement
- 30 Hours Flowchart
- Parent Reconfirmation Reminder Template for 30 hours
- 30 Hour Update for Providers
- Contact us
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01392 385530 Post: Early Years and Childcare Service, Devon County Council, Room 170, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4QD
- Useful links
- Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities
- Model Agreement: Early years provision free of charge and free childcare to be used from 1 September 2017
- Childcare Works
- Department for Education: 30 Hours – frequently asked questions
- Foundation Years – a website hosting all resources from the DfE about the extended entitlement offer as they are made available
- Parents Page on the Extended Entitlement
- Further information
For more information about the extended entitlement and getting your business ready, please contact your local early years and childcare advisor.