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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.

September 2017 Update

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. 

October 2017 Update

It is important you apply for your codes early and secure your place for January before the end of term as anyone who has not secured a valid code by 31 December will not be able to take up a place until the start of the Summer term.


Derbyshire County Council are running a Facebook and Twitter Campaign over the next few weeks which will encourage parents to access their code before 30 November.


It is important to remember that you need to re-confirm every three months otherwise you will not be eligible for the funding.


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

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.

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:


Web link below or telephone contact HMRC Childcare Service Helpline on 0300 123 4097: 


November 2017 Update 

As you may be aware, not all parents receive their code straight away. To make sure parents get their code in time for next term, please ensure you apply by the end of November at the very latest (also remembering to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months where you already have a 30 hours code).

Please see useful links below:- 

  1. 30 hours of childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. Check you’re eligible at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
  2. Parents: Make sure your details are up to date. You need to do this every three months https://www.gov.uk/childcareaccount
  3. Parents: To keep your 30 hours childcare place next term, make sure your details are up to date https://www.gov.uk/childcareaccount

In addition the DfE has produced a new parent communications toolkit, to provide further information to parents about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare.

Latest Update

January 2018 Update

Tax Free Childcare Information


On 15 January 2018, the childcare service will be rolled out to parents of children aged under 9 years (children who become aged 9 on that date will also qualify).  The scheme will open to all remaining eligible families with children under the age of 12 years on 14 February 2018.

This means all eligible parents will be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare before the end of this financial year.


Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for Tax-Free Childcare by visiting the Childcare Choices website. Parents can also access the government’s childcare calculator through Childcare Choices, which helps parents to choose which government childcare support is best for them.


You can see the GOV.uk story here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-opens-to-children-under-9