30 Hour Funding

30 Hour Free Childcare Entitlement 

30 Hour Free Childcare Entitlement 

Free Childcare Entitlement

Willow Cottage is pleased to confirm details of our offering for up to 30 hours Free Childcare Entitlement (FCE) for working parents of three and four-year-olds. There are 6 designated core hours per day which means the number of funded hours available to your child depends on the number of days your child attends.

  • Children attending 5 days per week will be entitled to claim up to 30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
  • Children attending 4 days per week will be entitled to claim up to 24 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
  • Children attending 3 days per week will be entitled to claim up to 18 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
  • Children attending 2 days per week will be entitled to claim up to 12 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.

It is possible to split the funding between up to two different providers. Although the 30 Hours FCE will be provided only during Oxfordshire County Council school term dates, the funding will be divided evenly over your 12 standard monthly invoices per year.

Funded Fees

Our funded fees are calculated annually and divided into equal monthly payments. The free childcare entitlement is delivered during our core hours and therefore parents are able to claim up to a maximum of 6 hours per day.

Please visit our Fees Page for details of our how the Free Childcare Entitlement reduces your monthly fees. 


Eligibility is subject to the conditions set out by the Government and by the Oxfordshire County Council. These conditions can be found on the OCC website by visiting:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility .

Registering for 30 Hour Free Childcare Entitlement

Parents and carers need to obtain a 30 Hour Eligibility Code in order to receive any additional hours funding (16-30 hours Free Childcare Entitlement). The code can be obtained from the Department for Education, by registering at the following site: https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/ Please note that there have been reports of the government’s site being temporarily unavailable, we assume this will be resolved shortly.

Before the Additional Hours funding can be included as part of your Standard Monthly Charge you must have provided the nursery with your 30 Hour Eligibility Code, your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth.

Funding-only 30 Hour per week Free Childcare Entitlement places

Willow Cottage will be offering a limited number of funding-only places under the 30 Hour FCE scheme. Children with a 30 Hour funding-only place receive the same quality of care as a child attending full-time and it is entirely free of charge.

The 30 Hour Free Childcare Entitlement will be delivered during our designated core hours of 8.30am to 11.30am and then from 13.30pm to 4.30pm each day; the funding is for 30 hours per week, and 38 weeks per year during local authority term time. Places will be provided on a first come first served basis and subject to FCE eligibility (see above) and availability.

Funding-only places are available only during the designated core hours and no extra hours or days are available.

Further resources

Oxfordshire County Council and the Gov.uk site both publish helpful resources on 30 hours funding and eligibility. As the pages change regularly, please visit the sites and search for ‘Free Childcare Entitlement’.