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To make childcare more affordable for working parents, the government has increased free early education entitlement for three and four-year-olds. Parents can now claim from 15 up to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year, if they are eligible.
This extended entitlement is equivalent to an additional 570 hours of childcare over the year.
To give parents and carers choice and flexibility, providers should offer the entitlement within the following parameters:
If you want this to continue, you must re-confirm your details and eligibility every three months. See the 'Re-confirm eligibility' section below for more details.
Access to the extended 30-hour entitlement will depend on your individual family circumstances.
If you would like any further help, please do not hesitate to contact our Funded Early Education Entitlement team on 01744 676542 / 6557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have applied for or claimed up to 30 hours of funded childcare and/or tax-free childcare, you must reconfirm your eligibility every three months. You must do this even if your child hasn't started using their 30-hour place yet.
Your first reminder email, four weeks before you need to re-confirm, will look something like this...
You will also get a second reminder two weeks before you need to reconfirm, if you haven't done it already.
Simply head back to the Childcare Service and log in.
If you miss the deadline, or if your circumstances change, you will get a message to say your eligibility has ended. In order to receive the 30 hours again, you will have to to re-apply.
When your original code expires, you will fall into a grace period, which means that you will be able to keep your child's place for a short period of time while you re-apply or try to regain employment.
If you have any queries, please contact our Funded Early Education Entitlement team on the following numbers: