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Extended 30 hours childcare entitlement for three and four year olds

The current funded childcare entitlement for three and four year olds is being increased from 15 to 30 hours per week for working parents, from September 2017. This change is to support working parents with the affordability of childcare and enable parents who want to work, or to work more hours, to do so.

Families in North Yorkshire who meet the eligibility criteria will be entitled to 30 hours funded childcare each week in term time or 1,140 funded hours stretched across the year from the beginning of the summer term 2017.

Eligibility criteria

The national eligibility criteria which families need to meet are:

  • Both parents must be working (or the sole parent if in a lone parent family);
  • Each parent must have a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage; and
  • Each parent must have an income less than £100,000 per year.

You would also fit the criteria if:

  • Both parents are employed but one (or both) is temporarily away from the workplace on maternity, paternity, parental or adoption leave, or on statutory sick pay;
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring; or
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

To be eligible you must currently live in North Yorkshire.

Apply for childcare

If you are eligible you will be able to use your entitlement across more than one provider, for example with a nursery class and an out of school club, or childminder, to meet the particular pattern of childcare you require. This could also be possible if one provider was not able to offer the stretched entitlement across the year, for example a term-time only pre-school.

You can apply until 31 March 2017 for the summer term only by completing this parent declaration form:

Once you have applied you will receive a confirmation letter via email within ten working days. This will either confirm that your child is eligible for the extended childcare entitlement, or will request the submission of evidence in order for your eligibility to be verified. If you have not received a response within ten working days please contact the early years funding team on 01609 532970 or 532391.

If you do not live in North Yorkshire but your child has already been attending an early years provider within North Yorkshire from 26 January 2017, then please apply using a form available from your provider and not the online form.

Further information on eligibility

A 'parent' is defined as a person who has parental responsibility or care for the child. In cases where a parent has remarried or is living with a partner, the step-parent or partner must also meet the earnings threshold.

The definition of 'working' includes employed persons, self-employed persons and parents on zero hours contracts who meet the above criteria.

  • All three and four year old children are entitled to the universal 15 hours funding per week, regardless of a parent's income.
  • Please check that your chosen provider can offer the 30 hour extended childcare entitlement. Being eligible does not mean that a child will be guaranteed a place.
  • Children in a maintained reception class are not eligible for the 30 hour extended childcare entitlement.
  • Foster carers are eligible for the extended entitlement if they meet the criteria set out above for their own children. Foster carers are not eligible for the extended entitlement for the children that they foster.
  • Two parent families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works), or lone parents who do not work will not be eligible for the extended entitlement.
  • Where one parent is working (and meets the income requirements) and the other is not working because they are disabled or are in receipt of benefits relating to caring responsibilities or a disability (e.g. in receipt of carer's allowance), we will treat these households as eligible.

Help and support

If you need help completing the application form please contact the early years funding team on 01609 532970 or 532391.

This page was last updated on 23 March 2017