30 Hours

How to apply?

You can apply when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old (9 months). You will need to have your details (and your partner’s, if you have one) including your National Insurance number or Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you are self-employed to hand when applying.

The funding starts either the term AFTER your child turns 3 OR the term after you apply, whichever is later.

Child turns 3 between;

Apply before

Eligible from

1st January – 31st March 31st March 1st April
1st April – 31st August 31st August 1st September
1st September – 31st December 31st December 1st January

So you are eligible, what next?

Take your voucher code to your chosen provider where they will validate your code if they have the space to offer you. They will then verify that you are eligible for the funding through the Local Authority with your Voucher Code, Surname, Date of Birth, National Insurance (NI) number or Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) so please be prepared for them to ask you for this.

We have a comprehensive list of providers who offer the 30 hours provision in Enfield. This includes day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. There are also a number of primary school nurseries who offer the 30 Hours offer.

Home childcarers (nannies/ au pair) are exempt from the requirement to register under the Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008 if they provide childcare for no more than two families in the parents homes. They are currently not permitted to register on the Early Years Register and cannot therefore receive early education funding.

Parents Guide to the 30 Hours Childcare

What you need to know?

You can move your provision mid-term however you must follow the terms and conditions of the provider you are currently with. 

Parents must reconfirm eligibility every 3 months. HMRC will remind you 4 weeks and 2 weeks in advance of your validity end date – Check ‘Reconfirmation’ on your HMRC account for the deadline date.

If your circumstances change, you will enter a ‘Grace Period’. You have until the Grace Period end date to change your circumstances or you will not be able to take up your 30 hours after this date. Your provider will inform you of this too.





Applying for 30 Hours as a Foster Carer

From September 2018 children in foster care will be able to receive the 30 hours childcare for 3 & 4 year olds if the following criteria’s are met:

  • that accessing the extended hours is consistent with the child’s care plan
  • that, in single foster carer families, the foster carer engages in paid work outside their role as a foster carer; or in two foster carer families, both partners engage in paid work outside their role as a foster carer.
  • if one partner is not a foster parent then they must be in qualifying paid work and earn a minimum of the equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum /national living wage.

If you are a foster carer who would like to take up the 30 hours childcare please contact your assigned social worker who will complete an application form with you.

When you have completed the application form it must be sent to Informed Families.

Once Informed Families has received the completed application form the team will issue you with an eligibility code.

The eligibility code must then be given to your chosen provider.

Applying for 30 Hours as a Foster Carer – Customer Journey


Take a look at what families who are receiving the 30 hours think…

Parents: The Benefits of #30hours

Parents: The Benefits of #30hours Free Childcare

Useful Documents

  1. Find Your Application Proof – HMRC
  2. Reconfirmation Email