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Extended 30-hour entitlement

How do I apply?

  1. If you think you are eligible, start by visiting the government's Childcare Choices website to get your eligibility code.
  2. Once you have this, you can create an account with St Helens Borough Council and express an interest with them via your account or you can simply take it to your chosen childcare provider yourself.
  3. Complete your details in full and make sure you click save at the bottom. This will return you to the homepage and you will be asked to verify your email at the email address you've just used on the form. The email will be from System Support Service Desk at St Helens Borough Council.
  4. Once you have clicked on the link in the email to verify, you can return to the homepage and log in using the email/username and password you created.
  5. You will then be asked to Create a Child by clicking on the blue 'New Child' box.
  6. You will then need to add your National Insurance number and tick the child(ren) you are applying for the 30 hours for, and click 'Enter Eligibility Code(s)'.
  7. Enter the code and click 'Validate Codes'. If you are eligible, you will get immediate confirmation on screen.
  8. You have then completed all checks and can click 'OK' and head straight to the childcare search page and find what you need.
  9. Once you have the one you'd like, complete the 'Register Interest' step-by-step form and this will go to the provider.
  10. You can register interest with as many as you like.
  11. You will be informed by your online council account once a place is confirmed for you.

More information

If you would like any further help, please do not hesitate to contact our funded early education entitlement team on 01744 676542 / 6557 or email