Free 30 Hour Places (Extended Entitlement)

Free 30 Hour Places (Extended Entitlement)

Eligibility for a 30hr place will be as follows:

  • 30 hour places are only available for children who are 3 or 4 years old
  • Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
  • One/both parent(s) is away on leave (parental, maternal etc.) or one/both parent(s) is on Statutory sick pay
  • Parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible, as are those who are registered as self-employed
  • One parent is employed and the other parent has either: substantial caring responsibilities and/or disability; is a foster carer with their own three-and four-year-old children
  • A child needs to be between 2 year and 10 months (i.e. the term when they have their 3rd birthday, so that they are ready to claim 30 hours right from the start of their 1st term) and 3 years and 364 days (i.e. 1 day short of their 4th birthday). This is because HMRC have only allowed parents of essentially ‘3 year olds’ to get their 11 digit codes first. HMRC will raise the upper limit to include older children shortly.

To register eligibility for a 30hr Nursery Place parents must register on-line at

  • Extended entitlement will be offered as follows:
  • 5 days 8.45am-2.45pm, term time only.
  • Parents may buy in additional sessions between 8.00am and 8.45am and 2.45pm and 3.30pm/5.00pm.
  • Parents/carers attending a 30hr place must provide children with a healthy packed lunch each day which must be brought into school at the start of the morning session.
  • Only an eligibility valid code will guarantee the funding of the additional 15hrs under this entitlement and it is the parent(s)/carer(s) responsibility to provide this.  The school will not hold a place for a child whose parent/carer is still ‘applying’ or ‘re-applying’ or has lost their eligibility code.


The DfE released a guide for parents on how to retrieve their HMRC eligibility codes for the 30 hours free childcare if they applied online and for whatever reason still don’t have their code. This contains the telephone helpline number (0300 123 4097) too for those who cannot seem to get the online system working.

The Department for Education (DfE) and HMRC would like parents to reconfirm at least one month prior to their 30 Hours Code expiring (so, two months into their three months validity period). This will allow all the necessary systems to be updated before their code expires so the code should ideally always be valid. Parents will be reminded by text or email by HMRC.

How to find your 30 Hours Code if you have already applied (EYR2)


Please visit our Admissions page for the latest updates.

If you are planning to apply or have applied for a 30 hour place through HMRC please let us know as soon as possible.


Useful information for parents…

30 hours places – Top things parents need to know

30 hours places – Parent Journey