The 30 Hour Trial in Staffordshire

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In September 2016 a small number of parents were invited to take part in a government trial to extend the funded hours for 3 and 4 year olds from 15 hours per week to 30 hours per week.

The purpose of the trial was to review learning from the scheme and government legislation on 30 hour funding. Staffordshire County Council put on a number of roadshows throughout the trial with a final June roadshow updating/ preparing providers for role out:

What was the trial?

Staffordshire were chosen as initially one of eight local authorities to be part of a 12 month trial funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to initially fund 415 childcare places.

PDF Document Roadshow slides (pdf, 1.3Mb)

Parents could have been eligible if:

  • Worked for one of the participating employers. 
  • Lived in Staffordshire. 
  • Met the government earnings criteria of working a minimum of 16 hours per week at the national minimum or living wage.

 PDF DocumentEmployers who particpated in the Staffordshire trial. (pdf)


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