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30 hours free childcare entitlement

The government has announced its intention to extend the offer of free childcare to 30 hours for the children of working parents from September 2017. While the exact framework and guidelines are still being finalised, we are now more familiar with how the government’s proposal will work since they published their response to the consultation in November 2016.


The regulations which will set out the legal framework for the delivery of the extended entitlement still need to be debated in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Once these debates have concluded (this should be early in 2017) the government will publish the final regulations.

This NAHT advice document provides the latest information on how the new framework is expected to work. We also revisit some of the key issues highlighted in the NAHT response to the Early Years Funding formula consultation, where we feel our campaigning voice will make a valuable contribution.

The NAHT will continue to campaign on the 30 hours free childcare proposals, to ensure that providers receive the funding and support they require to give young people the best possible start in life. We will continue to keep members updated on developments and how changes in policy may affect the day to day running of their provision.

This document is available to NAHT members only. If you're a member please log in. 

For more information on how local authorities and early years settings should provide the entitlement for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds click here

Page Published: 28/11/2016