30 Hour Free Childcare Entitlement
30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement – Early Education Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
Willow Cottage is pleased to confirm details of our offering for up to 30 hours Early Education Funding (EEF) for parents of three and four-year-olds. From May 2021, families are able to claim up to 10 hours for each day that the eligible child attends.
- Children attending 5 days per week are able to claim up to 30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
- Children attending 4 days per week are able to claim up to 30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
- Children attending 3 days per week are able to claim up to 30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
- Children attending 2 days per week are able to claim up to 20 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement.
Children are able to claim more than 9 hours per day they attend because the funding is stretched from 38 weeks per year to 50 weeks per year. The funded hours are delivered entirely free of charge. When they are stretched, this works out to 1140 hours per year (38 x 30), that are delivered across 12 months, at around 95 hours per month.
Some families are only eligible to receive 15 hours EEF which we are also able to deliver. It is possible to split the funding between up to two different providers.
Please visit our Fees Page for details of our how the EEF affects 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 offers a limited number of funding-only places under the Early Education Funding 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.
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’.