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Pilsley Primary School

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Foundation 1 (Nursery) 30 Hours Funding

30 hours of free childcare for three and four year-olds

At present all three and four year old children in Derbyshire are entitled to up to 15 hours a week free early education.

From September 2017 many working families will be able to get up to 30 hours of free childcare a week.

This extra free childcare, which is worth around £2,280 per year, aims to help working families by reducing the cost of childcare and will support more parents into work or to work more hours if they want to.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible families must meet the following criteria:

  • both parents must be working (or the sole parent in a single parent family)
  • each parent must have a weekly income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum or living wage
  • neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year.

Parents do not necessarily need to actually work 16 hours a week, but earnings must be equal to 16 hours of work per week at the national minimum wage. This includes parents on zero hours contracts who meet the criteria.

July 2017 Update

The online system does seem to be struggling at the moment with the volume of applications being made.

We would advise any parents who are having difficulty getting their code to ring the Customer Service Helpline for the 30 hours offer on 0300 1234097, who should hopefully be able to help them with their application.

It has been confirmed that children who turn 4 years old by 31st August 2017 will not be eligible for the 30 hours Extended Entitlement at this time. This is due to there being an assumption that children who are 4 years old by 1st September 2017 will go into a reception class.


You can check your eligibility for free childcare and apply online (opens in a new window).

You'll need to check eligibility before 31 August 2017 if you want to find a place for September. If you are eligible, your child can take up a place from the start of the next full term after their third birthday.

If eligible you will be given a code which you must then take to your chosen early years provider who will validate the code with the local authority.

You can then discuss your childcare requirements with your childcare provider and book your child a place.

30 Hour Applications

Parents who are intending on taking up the 30 hours extended entitlement from September 2017 must have applied via HMRC no later than 31 August 2017.  

We have been informed that the Gateway accounts can potentially take a couple of weeks to become active with HMRC.  Once a parent has applied for the 30 hours entitlement, it is also currently taking approximately 10 days for HMRC to check the details and issue the 11 digit number to confirm eligibility.

Don't delay, apply today!


September 2017

HMRC are receiving a high volume of calls from parents asking how they can access their childcare account after they have applied for 30 hours funding.


To help reduce the number of phone calls they are receiving, please see the attached guidance which HMRC have produced. 



HMRC have advised that parents of four year old children will be able to check their eligibility for the 30 hours extended entitlement and Tax-Free childcare through the HMRC Childcare Service from 14th July 2017 using the link below or via telephone contact HMRC Childcare Service Helpline on  0300 123 4097: 


This will apply to children until the term in which they have their fifth birthday.


Queries / Contact Details

If you have any specific queries or comments please email Derbyshire County Council at: enquiries.30hours@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 539316 or 01629 532835.

More detailed information can be found on DCC's website at: