If your child will be 3 years old by January 1st 2018 and you would like more information about the Government’s new 30 hours free childcare initiative please speak to Helen Watson or Jo O’Bryan-Tear.
From September 2017, the Government has made a commitment to extend the current entitlement and to provide an additional 15 hours of free childcare for children that are eligible. The new entitlement to 30 hours free childcare per week is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.
The criteria are as follows:
- Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year. *
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave.
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave.
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay.
- One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring.
- One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.
- The Childcare Bill describes the Government’s commitment to increase the choice for families to take up work or to increase their hours at work.
For more information on eligibility for funding, please follow this link.
*(Working will include employed and self-employed persons. Parents do not necessarily need to actually work 16 hours a week, but rather their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at NMW or NLW. This includes those parents on zero contract hours who meet the criteria.)