30 Hours Funding for 3 and 4 Years Olds


Working parents who meet the earnings criteria could be entitled to an additional 15 hours of early education, making up a total of up to 30 hours per week over the 38 week school term.

To find out if you are eligible for the extra 15 hours of early education and apply online at the HMRC website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk


When can I claim for 30 hours?

Families who are eligible will be able to claim for the additional 15 hours from the term after parents have received their confirmation code from HMRC, which is as follows:

  • Code received between 1st September and 31st December
    (autumn term) – Additional hours start from 1st January (spring term).

  • Code received between1st January and 31st March
    (spring term) – Additional hours start from 1st April (summer term).

  • Code received between 1st April and 31st August (summer term) – Additional hours start from 1st September (autumn term).


Successful applicants will receive a confirmation code from HMRC which will be sent to the parents new Gateway Account. Parents must pass the code onto nursery so that the code can be verified.

 Referenced from;https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare/families/EarlyEducation/3-4-year-olds/3-4-year-olds.aspx