The Government calls this entitlement 30 hours extended childcare. It is a Government scheme to provide childcare support for children aged 3 and 4 to help working parents from September 17. A child is eligible the term after their 3rd birthday.
Early education and childcare is a great way parents can help their child make new friends, learn new skills and have fun.
What is classed as a working parent?
Working parent means both parents have to be working (or sole parent in a lone parent family) & each parent/carer earns on average a weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) (for under 25 year olds) or national living wage (NLW) (if over 25 years old), and less than £100,000 per year. Even if you are on a zero hour contract you can apply for a place as long as you expect to be earning the above. A working parent can be self-employed and employed.
Foster carers are only eligible for the extended entitlement for their own children (if they meet the criteria). They are not eligible for children that they foster.
You are also eligible if both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave or statutory sick pay, the parent is employed and the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring, or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits
How do I apply for a place?
Parents and carers will be able to check whether they are eligible and apply online from summer 2017 through a national checker. As soon as the national checker is available we will ensure we get this information on here for you to apply.
To receive emails about the new childcare schemes please provide your email address to https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/childcare-schemes-interest/welcome.
Where can I access the extra 15 hours?
Eligible parents can access the additional hours for their child at participating Ofsted registered childcare providers, primary schools, independent schools or nursery schools. If your child is already attending a childcare provider (including out of school clubs and holiday providers) or a school nursery ask them if they will be offering places from September 2017.
The Local Authority is currently consulting with childcare providers, schools and nursery schools to see who will be offering places. Not all providers will be offering places as it isn’t compulsory for providers to offer the 30 hours extended entitlement.
Parents can access 30 hours during term time or fewer hours all year round and can use the additional hours at more than one childcare provider.
Parents who are not eligible for the additional 15 hours will still be able to apply for the universal entitlement of 15 hours of early education for 3 and 4 year olds and for 2 year olds if they are eligible.
Early Years Pupil Premium
Childcare providers and schools can claim up to £300 of additional funding for every eligible disadvantaged 3 and 4 year old child attending their setting for their free early education. This money will help provide activities and new equipment to benefit your child. Eligibility is based on the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided not also entitled to Working Tax Credit) with earnings from employment below £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Looked After Children
- Looked After Children who have left care through Child Arrangement Orders (formerly Special Guardianship) or an Adoption or Residence Order