30 hours free childcare

​​​When will 30 hours be available in my area?

30 hours will be delivered in every area of England from September 2017.

Expansion of the Early Years Free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds for an additional 15 hours

From September 2017, working parents will be able to receive up to 30 hours of free childcare.

Currently all 3 and 4 year olds receive 15 hours of 'universal' early education for free. The extra 15 hours of 'extended entitlement' will be available to families where:

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family);
  • Each parent has a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, equivalent to £120 per week for over 25s;
  • Neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year.

Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not usually be eligible for the extended entitlement.

However the extended entitlement will be available where;

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

Am I eligi​​​ble?

You can check your eligibility now by submitting an online application before September. Once signed up, you will receive an eligibility code to take to your childcare provider. Childcare providers will then check the code with the Council.

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Helpline: 0300 123 4097

Extended entitlement - additional 15 hours

We have been chosen as an 'Early Innovator' which means that we will be testing out systems, specifically focusing on flexibility and sufficiency, to be ready for national roll out of 30 hours from September 2017.

The government is currently consulting on a delivery model and further information will be published when known.

Where can my child take up a place?

Your child can access their 15 hours of extended entitlement at any of the places listed in the Wakefield Council Directory of Providers where the provider has stated they intend or are offering the additional hours. Alternatively you can search the Family Services Directory for providers in your local area.


Contact us

Early Years

Chesney’s Centre
Regent Street

01977 722 345