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30 hours of funded childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds


The government has committed to offering an additional 15 hours a week of funded childcare, to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, who meet the eligibility criteria. This is in addition to the universal entitlement of 15 hours a week of free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds. It means that eligible families will be able to access up to a total of 1140 hours of free early education and childcare a year.

In Kingston and Richmond the additional hours will usually be referred to as the extended entitlement. The extended entitlement was implemented across England from September 2017.

Market Research Analysis - Extended 15 Hours

AfC commissioned NLH Partnership to work in partnership with it to conduct a childcare market research analysis to explore the demand for, and supply of, extended 15 hours childcare within the Boroughs of Kingston and Richmond. NLH Partnership is an independent research, evaluation and training organisation that specialises in working with services for children and families.  You can read a summary of the  report below:

​Kingston and Richmond extended 15 hours entitlement market research analysis - Summary Report November 2018 (pdf)

Delivery models

We have developed exemplar models of how the universal and extended entitlement hours can be used by parents. These delivery models demonstrate what partnerships between providers can look like and how the hours can be shared between provisions.

Out-of-school provider, maintained school and childminder partnership (pdf)

Pre-school and day nursery partnership (pdf)

Maintained nursery and childminder partnership (pdf)

Pre-school and childminder partnership (pdf)

30 hours and EYFS practice

The introduction of the 30 hours initiative is likely to see providers develop mixed provider partnerships. This is where a partnership of providers share the delivery of the offer between them. The following tools are designed to help providers develop their information sharing practices.

Information sharing guidance (word)
Information sharing tool (word)

Schools may be thinking about their EYFS practice when taking on children who are doing the 30 hours. Below are slides from a training session that was delivered to teachers from the maintained nurseries:

Current Training Slides (pdf)

Putting the child at the centre of the 30 hours offer (pdf)

Business Support

The Department for Education has published case studies on early years providers that are using new techniques to run a sustainable childcare business (opens a new window)

The tools below have been developed for childcare providers to support them in their business planning:

Terms and conditions guidance for schools (pdf)

Terms and conditions guidance for PVIs (pdf)

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions part 1 (pdf)

Frequently asked questions part 2 (pdf)

Provider processes diagram (pdf)

Provider support

We have held 30 hours-related briefing sessions and we are also currently carrying out support workshops for providers. You can view the presentation slides for those meetings here: 

Partnerships and information sharing presentation slides (pdf)

30 hours network meeting - November 2017 (pdf)

30 hours provider briefing presentation slides (pdf)

Delivery models and compliance (pdf)

Schools’ workshop presentation slides (pdf)

Managing the sustainability of your nursery class (pdf)

Case studies

We are asking childcare providers in Kingston and Richmond to write case studies about the journey they have taken towards developing their models for the implementation of the extended entitlement in September 2017.

A local provider who has adopted their model to deliver the entitlement and has had success with the 30 hours (opens a new window)

A daycare provider, on the business planning and market research that was carried out by them to develop their delivery model (opens a new window)

An out-of-school provider working in partnership with schools to offer wrap around and non-term time childcare and the business planning that they have been involved in to develop their model (opens a new window)

The partnership between a childminder and a school, with details of their transition and information sharing practices (opens a new window)