30 hours provision

30 Hours Funding from September 2020

30 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds will be available from September 2017 and you will be able to apply from July 2020.  This can be used alongside tax-free childcare or childcare vouchers.

The 30 hours extended entitlement is double the current provision for all three and four year olds.

The government is funding the extension of the free childcare to support parents who currently work, wish to return to work, or to increase their working hours, by making childcare more affordable.


To be able to access the extra hours both parents need to be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and;

  • Each parent earns on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Earns less than £100,000 per year (when one parent in a household has an income of £100,000 or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the extra free hours).

‘Working’ means both employed and self-employed persons may be eligible.

You do not need to actually work 16 hours a week, but your earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. This will be at the new rate of National Minimum Wage from April 2017 which will be:

  • For ages 25 and over £7.50 per hour, or £120 a week
  • For ages 21-14 £7.05 per hour or £112.80 a week

Families may also be eligible where one parent gets benefits relating to caring responsibilities or a disability and the other parent is working.

The current entitlement of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks will still be available even if you aren’t eligible for the additional entitlement.

Eligibility checking can be accessed via the Stockton website:



At Levendale Primary School, our core 30hr offer is as follows:

Monday-Thursday:          8:45am-3:30pm (including lunch club)

Friday:                              8:45am-11:45am

Lunch club and the afternoon session on a Friday would be an additional service over and above our core 30hr provision, therefore these would be paid sessions (£15 for lunch club and the afternoon session, excluding the cost of a school dinner if required) if the 30hr offer has already been fully used by parents.

This offer can be extended or used in conjunction with the offers of our partner providers, Levendale Children’s Centre (before- and after-school club) and Levendale Under-Fives.

Breakfast Club – 7:45-8:45am (run by Levendale Children’s Centre, our existing partners for Breakfast and After-School Club)

After-School club – 3:30pm-5:40pm (again, run by Levendale Children’s Centre)

This will allow children to access up to almost 49.5 hours across the week.  This can be paid for through the 30 hours of free childcare funding, using childcare vouchers, the new tax-free childcare or payment by parents for provision above and beyond the core 30 hours entitlement. Further details are available from the provider concerned.

Parents who are not eligible for the 30hr provision still would have access to the standard 15hr entitlement and could buy in additional sessions as and when required at the usual rate of £15 per session.