Early Years

Extended Funded Entitlement 30 - Hours

Extended Funded Entitlement - 30 Hours

The Extended Funded Entitlement for working parents of 3 & 4-year-olds provides eligible parents with a total of 30 hours of funded childcare per week, over 38 weeks or the equivalent number of hours across more weeks per year. This funding is aimed to help working families by reducing the cost of childcare and will support parents into work or to work more hours, should they wish to do so. This is an additional 15 hours to the existing 15 hours of funded early education, which is available to all 3 & 4-year-olds (known as the Universal Funded Entitlement - UFE).

The eligibility criteria are set out below:

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns on average:
    1. A weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW); and
    2. Each parent earn less than £100,000 per year
  • Where one or both parents are in receipt of benefits in connection with sickness or parenting, they are treated as though they are in paid work

  • Where one parent (in a couple's household) is in receipt or could be entitled to be in receipt of specific benefits related to caring, incapacity for work or limited capability for work that they are treated as though they are in paid work.

  • Where a parent is in a 'start-up period' (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months in order to qualify for the Extended Entitlement. 

The Extended Funded Entitlement (EFE) can be accessed through participating providers on the Buckinghamshire Directory of Providers. These include childminders, pre-schools, day nurseries, maintained nursery schools and maintained schools with nursery classes or early years provision. 

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