Currently, all families of three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE) per week, for up to 38 weeks of the year. From September 2017 working parents of three and four year olds will be eligible for an additional 15 hours a week childcare which is being referred to as 30 Hours Free Childcare.

If spread over a whole year, the current 570 hours of free childcare these parents get will increase to 1140 hours.


It is expected that 30 hours will be a part of the current funding process and we will fund providers of childcare directly. This process should steadily improve to accommodate the changes that are being made. 

You can find out more about the provisions, including how to sign up for both 30 Hour's and Tax Free Childcare, via the Childcare Choices Opens in a new window website.

Parents eligibility

Parents will be able to confirm eligibility directly via a government on-line checking service; this will issue them a unique code to pass onto you as their childcare provider. Parents will have to re-confirm eligibility every three months via this service. Childcare providers will need to use this code when claiming funding for 30 hours free childcare.


You will need to plan how you will offer the 30 hours free childcare. There is a Working with parents Toolkit Opens in a new window available to help you:

  • Talk to parents - guidance to help you start assessing demand, marketing, managing expectations and key communications messages
  • Consider working in partnership with other providers to deliver - guidance to help you find out more about working in partnership with other providers, for example what you can do if you can't open for 30 hours

We will update you on this webpage and via regular email bulletins and work groups. Childcare Works are the government appointed organisation working on the implementation of 30 hours and will be updating their Childcare Works Opens in a new window website with current information and resources.

Payment rates

The rate that childcare providers will be paid for EYFE is £3.82 per hour for schools. Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings will receive £4.00 per hour from April 2017 to April 2018. From April 2018, PVI settings will receive £3.82 per hour.

The rate is the same for all hours of EYFE for three and four year olds (there are not different rates for the first 15 and the second 15 hours).

In December 2016 we ran a consultation on the new national funding formula with childcare providers’ in Torbay and the responses can be reviewed below. 

Torbay Council Response to Funding Consultation
February 2017

The Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) has put together this  Funding and Delivery Guide final PLA  Opens in a new window .