Bradford Council is asking working parents with children who are aged three or four to check if they are eligible for additional free childcare.
All children aged three or four are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare but from September 2017, children of working parents could qualify for an extra 15 hours making this up to 30 hours of free childcare.
To qualify, parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week, but no more than £100,000 a year.
Children are eligible from the term after their third birthday until they reach compulsory school age or they start in a reception class in school.
Parents can use the free childcare hours at any participating childcare provider or school. They can find out about local childcare and also access the full eligibility criteria by visiting http://www.bradford.gov.uk/childcare
The way parents apply for the 30 hours offer is different to 15 hours of free childcare.
Parents must apply to HMRC at https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/
If parents are eligible and their child is three by the 31 August 2017, they should apply now to receive their 30 hours eligibility code. If parents have not received a code by the 31 August 2017 they will be unable to receive the free childcare until January 2018.
Parents may also be eligible to get tax-free childcare. They can apply for this at the same time they apply for the additional childcare.
Cllr Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said:
“We know that childcare is a great way parents can help their child make new friends, learn new skills and have fun and this can make a big difference to children’s lives. But the additional childcare hours can also help parents who are in part-time work get additional working hours. If parents are eligible and want to get the additional childcare, they need to apply now.”