Nursery 30 hour funding

Are you entitled to 30 Hours FREE Childcare?

As part of the new government scheme we are pleased to announce that Little Herons are able to offer 30-hour funded places to those children aged 3-4 years, where families are eligible

What is the ‘30-hours Free Childcare’ scheme?

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are currently entitled to up to 15 hours a week free childcare for 38 weeks of the year (during school term-times). From September 2017 this entitlement could go up to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year (term time only) for some working families.  Or circa 23 hours per week if used over the whole year.

This could take your free childcare entitlement from 570 hours a year up to 1,140 hours a year.

Will I qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:

  • They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week their first year.
  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
  • If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds.

This outlines the criteria communicated by the DfE please see attached.

Information about eligibility is available to parents via and parents can apply online via the main government page –

If successful, parents will be issued with an 11 digit code which they need to take directly to the Nursery where a short consent form needs to be completed. Once the code is checked the Nursery can accept requests for additional hours.  Please ensure a request is submitted the term before the hours would be due to start.