The national rollout of 30 hours free childcare from September 2017 marks the delivery of a commitment that will help hundreds of thousands of hard working families.
The childcare service online application has worked well for the vast majority of parents and, as of 5 September, 152,829 30-hour codes had been validated via the Eligibility Checking System (ECS) on behalf of a parent seeking a place.
This is 71% of the 216,384 30-hour codes that were generated by successful applications as of 31 August, as set out in my previous response to the hon. Member for Batley and Spen to PQ 9642:
These figures are set out in more detail in our ad-hoc statistical release published on 8 September 2017:
We will be publishing additional statistics in due course.