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.

The government carried out a consultation asking for views on the access and flexibility of the extended entitlement to better meet the needs of working parents. The government released its response to the consultation on delivery models in November 2016.

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 (opens a pdf)

Pre-school and day nursery partnership (opens a pdf)

Maintained nursery and childminder partnership (opens a pdf)

Pre-school and childminder partnership (opens a pdf)

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 (opens a word document)
Information sharing tool (opens a word document)

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:

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

Follow this link to read case studies, published by the Department for Education, on four early years providers that are using new techniques to run a sustainable childcare business.

If you, as a childcare provider, would like to undergo business planning to support you in making an informed decision, on how you will deliver the extended entitlement, you can utilise the following business planning tools:

Market research planning document (opens a pdf)

Cashflow tool (opens a pdf)

Terms and conditions guidance for schools (opens a pdf)

Terms and conditions guidance for PVIs (opens a pdf)

Part 1 (opens a pdf)

Part 2 (opens a pdf)

Provider processes diagram (opens a pdf)

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 (opens a pdf)

30 hours network meeting - November 2017 (opens a pdf)

30 hours provider briefing presentation slides (opens a pdf)

Delivery models and compliance (opens a pdf)

Schools’ workshop presentation slides (opens a pdf)

Managing the sustainability of your nursery class (opens a pdf)


To keep you informed we will be summarising all the 30 hours events, resources and news in a monthly update.
April 2018 edition (opens a pdf)
March 2018 edition (opens a pdf)
February 2018 edition (opens a pdf)
January 2018 edition (opens a pdf)


December edition (opens a pdf)

November edition (opens a pdf)

October edition (opens a pdf)

September edition (opens a pdf)

August edition (opens a pdf)

July edition (opens a pdf)

June edition (opens a pdf)

May edition (opens a pdf)

April edition (opens a pdf)

March edition (opens a pdf)

February edition (opens a pdf)

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.

This is a case study from a local provider who has adopted their model to deliver the entitlement and has had success with the 30 hours.

You can read a case study here, by a daycare provider, on the business planning and market research that was carried out by them to develop their delivery model.

This case study is from 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.

This case study details the partnership between a childminder and a school, with details of their transition and information sharing practices.