Support and Guidance for Parents
Sometimes children and their families need a little extra help, this might come from a range of different organisations, all working together to ensure the very best outcomes for children and their families.
An Early Help Assessment is carried out between staff and the parents/carers. It is a way of building a picture of what is going well in your family, what the worries are and what needs to happen to help things improve. Together we can then agree on the best way to make this happen.
You might need help in one or more of the following areas:
- School, education or training
- Home and life relationships
- Health and emotional wellbeing
- Work, finances or housing
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Crime or anti-Social behaviour
If you have worries about your family and think an Early Help assessment might help provide the support you need please let a member of our team know, we are always here to help and support our families.
Please click on the link below for further information.
Early Education Funding
2-Year-Old Funded Place
Some families can get 15 hours funded a week for 2-year-olds (across the school year, 38 weeks) if they meet the criteria
Parents can find out more and access the application form at:
Once confirmed eligible, parents will receive a Two Year Old code. If the child turned 2 before the start of that claim period and has an eligible two-year-old code they can start straight away in your setting.
3 and 4 Year Old Funded Places
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.
Providers should ensure parents are aware of this place and have completed a parental declaration form confirming where they want to take their hours, their child’s pattern of attendance and give information on eligibility for any additional funding such as Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) or Disability Access Funding (DAF). If parent details are provided they should be added to the child record via the provider portal so that EYPP checks can be carried out. There is a DAF form on the provider portal which should be completed if the parents want you to claim this funding for their child.
30 hours Extended Entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds
The majority of working parents of three and four year olds could be eligible for an additional 15 hours of childcare per week, referred to as 30 hours funded childcare.
Parents can find out more about eligibility and access the application form at:
The application process is managed by the HMRC (tax office), if the parent experiences problems finding out their eligibility or have questions about their application they need to contact Childcare Service Customer Interaction Service on 0300 123 4097. Unfortunately, the council cannot help with these queries as we do not have access to that necessary information.
Having a 30 hour code does not mean a child is eligible to start their 30 hour place. The table below explains the cut-offs dates by which they must have a valid code to start their place in the next term.
If a child's third birthday falls between:
1 September – 31 December
*Parents should apply around mid- October
Application deadline is 31 December
The parents will be issued with a 30 hour code if eligible and the funded place will be able to start in the January after their child’s third birthday with a valid 30 hour code issued by 31 December.
January – 31 March
*Parents should apply around mid-January
Application needed is 31 March
The parents will be issued with a 30 hour code if eligible and the funded place will be able to start in the April after their child’s third birthday with a valid 30 hour code issued by 31 March.
1 April – 31 August
*Parents should apply around mid-June
Application deadline is 31 August
The parents will be issued with a 30 hour code if eligible and the funded place will be able to start in September after their child’s third birthday with a valid 30 hour code issued by 31 August.
Once a parent has a 30 hour code they must reconfirm their details every 3 months to keep that code valid. There is an information sheet for parents and a separate one for providers, to support you through the process, available on the provider portal home page.
When a parent comes to your setting requesting a 30 hour place you should ask for their code and check it is a valid code on the provider portal. The code needs to have a start date before the start of the term and also needs to not be in the grace period.
Useful Links for Parents