30 Hour Eligibility Criteria and Checks

North Yorkshire County Council is one of four local authorities in England that have been selected by the Department for Education to take part in the early rollout of the 30 hour extended childcare entitlement - this is a term ahead of the national rollout of September 2017. 

This means that from the beginning of the Summer term 2017 working parents of eligible 3 and 4 year old children, may be able to claim for an extra 15 hours of funded childcare.  

Families who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to seek 30 hours funded childcare each week in term time or 1140 funded hours stretched across the year from the beginning of the summer term 2017 as we have been selected to roll this out early.

Eligibility

The national eligibility criteria which families will need to meet are:

  • Both parents must be working (or the sole parent if in a lone parent family)
  • Each parent must have a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage
  • Each parent must have an income less than £100,000 per year

They would also fit the criteria if:

  • Both parents are employed but one (or both) is temporarily away from the workplace on maternity, paternity, parental or parental leave
  • Both parents are employed but one (or both) is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave
  • Both parents are employed but one (or both) is temporarily away from the workplace on 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.

A 'Parent' is defined as a person who has parental responsibility or care for the child. In cases where a parent has remarried or is living with a partner, the step-parent or partner must also meet the earnings threshold.

Foster carers will only be eligible for their own children (if they meet the above criteria) and not for the children they are fostering.

The definition of 'Working' includes employed persons, self-employed persons and parents on zero hours contracts who meet the above criteria. 

Early Roll out - Summer Term 2017

There will be an online application process which will require evidence that parents meet these criteria. http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/33505/Extended-30-hours-childcare-entitlement-for-three-and-four-year-olds

This will open on 1st March and close 31st March 2017. Parents will then receive an email confirming their application which they must present to their early years provider as proof of application.

If they are eligible they will be able to use their entitlement across more than one provider, for example with a nursery class and an out of school club or childminder, to meet the particular pattern of childcare they require.

Unfortunately parents will not be able to apply for the Summer term after 31st March.

National Roll out - September 2017

From July 2017, parents will be able to apply for Autumn term funded places, using the HMRC eligibility checking service, which will become live very soon.

Parents will also need to apply each term to ensure they still meet the eligibility criteria and grace periods will be put in place to ensure that parents can still claim their funded places for as long as possible.

Grace Periods

  • A child who becomes ineligible during the first half of a funding block (as defined below) should be funded until the end of that funding block (31 March, 31 August, 31 December) or for as long as they remain under Compulsory School Age, whichever is the shorter.

  • A child who becomes ineligible in the latter half of the funding block (up to the last day of the funding block) should be funded until the end of the following funding block or for as long as they remain under Compulsory School Age, whichever is the shorter.

Date Parent receives ineligible decision on reconfirmation:

LA audit date:

Grace Period End date:

1 Jan - 10 Feb

11 February

31 March

11 Feb - 31 March

1 April

31 August

1 April - 26 May

27 May

31 August

27 May - 31 August

1 September

31 December

1 September - 21 October

22 October

31 December

22 October - 31 December

1 January

31 March

Useful downloads

Briefing 1 - Eligibility 

Early Education and Childcare - DfE Statutory Guidance- March 2017