Hours at setting, funded hours, extended or expanded hours and 30 hour codes

In the School Census, your school is required to provide information on the number of hours certain students are attending school, and how many hours they are entitled to.

  • This information is required for Early Years and Nursery students.
  • This data is not reported for 4-years-olds in Reception, so Reception students are not included in the table on the bulk page.

For each individual student the number of funded hours allowed depends on the student's age and NC year.

You can see full guidance on what to fill in from the DfE - scroll down to the Hours at setting (used for funding) section here: Census data items

Permissions

You'll need the Admin: Administer All/My Students permission to enter and change data in this area. If you don't have the permission, you'll need to ask your admin team to give you permission using these instructions.

 

Using the bulk page

To fill in these details, go to Students > All Students > Bulk Update > Bulk Update Funded Hours.

Top Tip: You can also upload a spreadsheet of these details in bulk: Entity Importer for setting up your site from scratch or adding new data

Update hours in bulk

Tick the boxes next to the students, and use the Bulk action button to select Bulk Updated Funded Hours & Hours At Setting.

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In the slide over, you can add the funded hours, hours at setting, extended hours and expanded hours, then click Bulk update.

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The table will then update in the background - you may need to refresh your page if you've updated many students.

Top Tip: The Funded Hour Basis and Thirty Hour Code columns will be blank. These need to be completed for each individual student and cannot be done in bulk - you can see how to do this below.

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Updating a single student - thirty hour code and funding basis

Click on a student's name to update their funded hours, hours at setting, extended or expanded hours.

From here you can also add the Thirty hour code. You’ll need to ask the parents if you do not know a child’s code. For more information on getting this code, click here.

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If a student is 2 and has funded hours, you'll need to add a funding basis. Click the student's name to add a funding basis, as this cannot be updated in bulk. The options are:

  • Economic criteria
  • High-level SEN or disability - If this option is selected, you should record a SEN status of E (Education, Health and Care Plan)SEN StatusesPlease note that if the student is still undergoing assessment, you will need to contact the DfE for further guidance.
  • Looked after or adopted from care

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No extended or expanded hours

For students that are not entitled to extended or expanded hours paid for by the government, do not enter anything into the Extended hours or Expanded hours fields. Arbor is unable to distinguish between a number entered in the Extended hours field (e.g. 15:00) and zero (e.g. 00:00).

Hours paid for by the child’s parents or the school should only contribute to the Hours at setting total.

Here is an example of a student only attending school for the 15 hours of funded Universal Entitlement.

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On the student profile

Go to the Other section of the student's profile and click on the fields.

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You can then update the Hours at setting, Funded hours, Extended hours, Expanded hours, Thirty hour code and Funding basis (if required), then click Save Changes.

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What needs to go in each field?

You can see full guidance on what to fill in from the DfE - scroll down to the Hours at setting (used for funding) section here: Census data items

Here is a quick summary of what each field is to be used for:

  • Funded hours - Hours in school funded by the universal entitlement (maximum 15).
  • Hours at setting - Total number of hours they spent in education at the school, no matter who funded the hours. To calculate this, add the Funded Hours, Extended Hours or Expanded Hours and any additional hours paid for by the school or parents.
  • Extended hours - Additional hours taken above and beyond the universal entitlement (maximum 15) for 3 and 4-year-olds with working parents. Do not include expanded hours or hours paid for by the school or parents in this number.
  • Expanded hours - Additional hours taken above and beyond the universal entitlement (maximum 15) for 2-year-olds with working parents. Do not include extended hours or hours paid for by the school or parents in this number. Top Tip
  • Thirty hour code - Also called the Eligibility Code by the DfE for the Summer 2024 Census. This 11-digit code entitles children of working parents to an extra 15 hours of childcare. You need to fill in this field if the number in the Extended or Expanded hours fields are greater than 0.

Top Tip: You do not need to fill this in the Expanded Hours yet as it is not output in the Spring Census. As such, you won't see any errors or details about this field in the Spring Census 2024.

Can we use decimals?

In the DfE's Data items guidance, they refer to hours in a decimal format, to 2 decimal places. For example:

  • 10 and a half hours, this is recorded as 10.50
  • 10 hours and 20 minutes, this is recorded as 10.33

In Arbor, this is recorded as hours and minutes rather than decimal. So for example:

  • 10 and a half hours, this is recorded as 10:30
  • 10 hours and 20 minutes, this is recorded as 10:20
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