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30 hours extended entitlement

The Government committed to doubling the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds from September 2017. They want the 30 hours extended entitlement to have a real impact on the lives of families, supporting parents who wish to work, or to work more hours, to be able to do so.

All three and four year olds are already entitled to 15 hours a week of free early learning. Take up is high, at 97 per cent in Essex and the quality of provision continues to improve, with 85 per cent of children taking up their place in a good or outstanding setting. The Government has delivered their extended entitlement commitment through local authorities, as it does for the existing 15 hours.

The same stringent quality standards are retained to ensure the best possible experience for the child. Providers delivering any part of the 30 hour entitlement must follow the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and must be registered with Ofsted.

We continue to provide information, advice and guidance on this web page. Our information sources include the Department for Education (DfE), the Family and Childcare Trust, and Childcare Works.

Relevant resources

Department for Education - external links: 

Early Years and Childcare Business Sustainability:

Resources to support your parents:

You can also download and distribute the following eligibility leaflet to parents:

Useful websites for parents: