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In June 2015, the government introduced the Childcare Bill to bring in 30 hours of free childcare for employed families of 3 and 4 year olds. We will be hosting all resources from the DfE on this childcare offer here as they are made available.


DfE FAQs on 30 hours entitlement 

The Department for Education has published a number of important resources on the 30 hours childcare entitlement. These include a one-pager on Eligibility and a Frequently Asked Questions document.


Childcare Works 30hours LED Events

Childcare Works has created a special programme of LED events for providers focusing on 30-hours. The events will be delivered in partnership with the Foundation Years Team at Action for Children.

The audience for these events is all types of early years and childcare providers including chains, children’s centres, schools, childminders and local authority officers working with providers, business support officers, and partner roles in other organisations.


  • Introduction and setting the scene
  • Childcare Works update
  • Partnership models
  • Parents’ point of view/experiences
  • Practice implications for children
  • Actions before 1 September
  • Evaluation and close


To book your place please follow the links:

8th March London (Morning)

8th March London (Afternoon)

21st March Birmingham (Morning)

21st March Birmingham (Afternoon)

22nd March Leeds (Morning)

22nd March Leeds (Afternoon)

23rd March Taunton

23rd March Manchester

27th March Newcastle


Childcare Works 30 Hours LED Presentations

Childcare Works recently held a number of special LED events for providers focusing on the 30 hours childcare offer. The presentations from these events are now available here.


Early Years National Funding Formula

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its government response to the consultation on early years funding reform, including the introduction of an early years national funding formula. The response and a handy factsheet can be found here.


30 Hours Childcare Early Implementers

DfE recently spoke to parents in Wigan who have taken up a 30 hours place for their child as part of the early implementer programme, to find what the additional hours have meant for them.


Business Sustainability Package

 DfE have launched a package of online support materials to help providers make sure their businesses remain sustainable, including:

  • a document of key insights from successful providers;
  • case studies of efficient business practices;
  • guidance on marketing, managing finances and business planning;
  • an online directory of organisations that can provide business and finance support.


Partnership Toolkit

If you’re considering working in partnership to deliver 30 hours childcare, the Department for Education and the Family and Childcare Trust have developed a new toolkit to support partnership approaches. The interactive toolkit contains practical advice, guidance and case studies.