30 hours free childcare entitlement – information to help you prepare

From September 2017, the government is introducing an additional 15 hours a week of free childcare/education for working parents of three and four-year-olds. This page will help childcare providers, including schools, plan for the increase in entitlement.

Preparing for September 2017

The following tools are available to help you develop your plans:

Barnard Castle Barnard Castle map Barnard Castle 30 Hour Estimate Barnard Castle providers
Bishop Auckland Bishop Auckland map Bishop Auckland 30 Hour Estimate Bishop Auckland providers
Chester-le-Street Chester-le-Street map Chester-le-Street 30 Hour Estimate Chester-le-Street providers
Consett Consett map Consett 30 Hour Estimate Consett providers
Durham Durham map Durham 30 Hour Estimate Durham providers
Ferryhill Ferryhill map Ferryhill 30 Hour Estimate Ferryhill providers
Newton Aycliffe Newton Aycliffe map Newton Aycliffe 30 Hour Estimate Newton Aycliffe providers
Peterlee Peterlee map Peterlee 30 Hour Estimate Peterlee providers
Seaham Seaham map Seaham 30 Hour Estimate Seaham providers
Stanley Stanley map Stanley 30 Hour Estimate Stanley providers


Statutory guidance and government publications (March 2017)

Operational guidance

Find the Department of Education’s guide to how local authorities and early years settings should provide the entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds on Gov.uk's 30 hours free childcare: LA and early years provider guide page.

Frequently asked questions

You can find out more on our 30 hours free childcare entitlement - frequently asked questions page.

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