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As we head towards national roll out of 30 hours free childcare for working parents, we are pleased to see thousands of providers that are supporting the delivery of the offer and ensuring high quality childcare will be available to working parents across the country. There has already been great success across the DfE’s 12 early delivery areas, which are now providing 30 hours places to thousands of eligible children.

In these crucial weeks before September, the DfE urges you to please make sure that parents bring you their eligibility codes well before 31 August, otherwise parents may miss out on a September place.

Please then verify those codes by either validating them yourself or contacting your LA as quickly as possible. Please direct interested parents to Childcare Choices website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ to find out if they are eligible.

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  1. Lesley Kirk on July 12, 2017
    Do we validate codes on the portal? If not where? Thank you
    • Action for Children website admin Author on July 14, 2017
      All eligibility codes should be validated using the DfE Eligibility Checking System (ECS). Please contact your respective local authority who will be able to advise further on what process is in place for you to do this. Please also refer to page 9 of the Operational Guidance which explains the validation process in detail.
  2. rebecca stanford-durdan on July 12, 2017
    How do providers, given the codes 'validate themselves'
    • Action for Children website admin Author on July 14, 2017
      All eligibility codes should be validated using the DfE Eligibility Checking System (ECS). Please contact your respective local authority who will be able to advise further on what process is in place for you to do this. Please also refer to page 9 of the Operational Guidance which explains the validation process in detail.

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