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.

Applies to England


Early education and childcare: operational guidance

30 hours free childcare for children in foster care: LA application form for foster parents

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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

Local authorities can add their own information to the application form and use it for foster parents applying for 30 hours free childcare for children in foster care.

‘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 21 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance and added application form.

  2. Updated guidance following feedback from the sector: text reordered and clarified throughout.

  3. First published.