30 Hours Funding for 3-4 year olds

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Silsden Early Years

S.E.Y.P was founded to connect the pre-schools, nurseries and child-minders of Silsden.


Our aim is to create an easier platform for parents to get advice, information and news about their child's education 


The new entitlement is an extension of the current universal education entitlement for 3&4 year olds and provides an additional 15 hours of free childcare for children that are eligible. This new entitlement will come into place in September 2017.

The additional 15 hours will be available to children age 3 at the start of the term following their 3rd birthday and whom families meet the criteria. The extended entitlement is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.

The entitlement is designed for both parents that are working (or sole parents working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW)

or national living wave (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year (per individual). You can find our more information about the requirements here.

Evidence shows that higher quality provision has greater development benefits for children, particularly for the most disadvantaged children.

Who will Eligible? 

Currently, to be eligible for the entitlement, parents will need to declare that they expect to earn the equivalent of 16 hours national minimum or living wage on average each week over the next quarter. This quarterly declaration period has been designed to help those on fluctuating incomes, including those on zero hours contracts, to meet the criteria. Self-employed parents will be able to assess their expected income either over the next declaration period, or for the current tax year. Parents can be in receipt of any other form of childcare support and still access the extended entitlement.

As well as the circumstances described above, there is an extended list of criteria’s which parents that may be categorised within. Circumstances such as, one parent Is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

How can I take up my entitlement

Flexible packages of funded hours – Children are able to take up their full entitlement of a funded place at times that best support their learning, and at times which fit the needs of parents to enable them to work. (Subject to results of the consultation)

  • No session to be longer than 10 hours

  • No session to be shorter than 3 hours between 9:00am and 3:30pm

  • Not before 6:00am or after 8:00pm

  • A maximum of three providers

  • Over more than 38 weeks of the year

  • Outside of school terms

  • At weekends

How do I know if I’m eligible?

The process for checking eligibility for the additional hours will be determined by HMRC through a parental application/declaration.

Where can I use my entitlement?

The entitlement can be taken up in a range of provisions:

  • Providers on the Early Years Register

    • Day Nursery

    • Pre School

    • Independent School

    • Childminder

    • Out of school childcare including holiday care provider

  • A childminder registered with a Childminder Agency that is registered with Oftsed

  • Schools taking children age two and over and which are exempt from registration with Ofsted as an early years provider

    • School nursery class

    • Nursery school

    • Out of school childcare

As this is a new entitlement that is still coming into settings, elements of this entitlement may change, so please check the relevant .gov information or contact Bradford's Family Information Service Department. Click below to get to their link.

Pied Piper Pre-School

Pied Piper Pre-School is located at St James Church Hall in Silsden.


They are open Monday to Friday 9:15am – 12:15pm (15:15pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Want 30 hours here?

Pied Piper Pre-School works in partnership with other pre-schools, childminders, day nurseries and primary schools in the local area. This is part of the Silsden Early Years Partnership.