30 hours free childcare: LA and early years provider guide

How local authorities (LAs) and early years settings should provide the entitlement for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.


Early education and childcare: operational guidance


The guide sets out:

  • what LAs should do to fulfil their statutory responsibilities
  • what early years settings should do to fulfil their agreement with the LA
  • how LAs and early years settings can support parents and children

‘Statutory’ means what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow statutory responsibilities unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 21 April 2017
Last updated 17 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance following feedback from the sector: text reordered and clarified throughout.
  2. First published.