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30 hour offer - Provider info

This page is for childcare providers.

If you are a parent view our parents' information page.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week (if taken term time only).  This new offer enables some working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to now double this entitlement to up to 30 hours of free childcare per week (details of the eligibility criteria can be found on the parent's information page).

To get the funding in the autumn term, parents must apply with HMRC and gain an eligibility code with a start date of no later than 31 August.  The start date is determined as the date on which HMRC approves the application - NB it can take up to 10 days to obtain approval - therefore parents need to apply by mid-august at the latest if they wish to start the extended entitlement from 1 September.  If they receive a code start date later than 31 August, they will get the funding at the start of the next term (1 January)

The 11 digit ‘code’ will stay with the child until their reach compulsory school age, regardless of whether or not they drop in or out of eligibility.    

You should not agree to reserve a place for a parent to access the extended entitlement without validating their code.  To validate codes, please go to: https://30hourcheck.wiltshire.gov.uk/

(PLEASE NOTE: To use our online checker, you are required to create an online account which can only be done from receiving an invitation with a security code.  To obtain this, please email earlyyears@wiltshire.gov.uk in the first instance.)

To meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 you are required to gain written consent from parents to check their codes, please download the following consent form.


Issues with applications

If a parent has expressed an interest in applying for this extended entitlement but hasn't got an email from HMRC to let them know that they can now apply, advise them to check their spam/trash. The email would have come from tax-free.childcare@bulletins.hmrc.gov.uk

If they haven't got an invite after 2 weeks advise them to contact childcare.taxfree@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk with their full name or call the childcare service helpline: 0300 0123 4097.


Ask parents to call the Childcare Service Helpline 0300 0123 4097


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Last updated: 26 July 2017 | Last reviewed: 26 July 2017