From September 2017 the government doubled the free childcare entitlement for some 3-4 year olds. All families will continue to receive 15 hours free childcare, but those who meet the government's new eligibility criteria will receive an additional 15 hours - a total of 30 hours.
A summary of the eligibility criteria:
What is the free childcare deal?
From September 2017, many working parents of 3 to 4 year olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare - rather than the current 15 hours.
This is 30 hours free for only 38 weeks per year - not 52 weeks for the year (equivalent to school term times).
Will my child get it?
Not necessarily, as not everyone is eligible. But everyone will still receive the 15 hours free childcare that is currently available.
Eligibility rules for 30 hours free childcare:
How much is the equivalent of 16 hours at National Minimum Wage?
It depends on your age. For this scheme, the minimum amount will always reflect the lowest hourly rate that a person of your age can legally be paid. Therefore, currently for a parent aged 21-24, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £111.20. For a parent aged 25+, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £115.20.
What if one parent in a couple isn't working?
This is basically a scheme to help working parents, so families where one parent doesn't work, or both parents don't work, will usually not be eligible for these additional 15 hours.
However, if one parent isn't working because they're an official carer (receiving benefits relating to being a carer) or they are receiving disability benefits, and the other parents is working, then the Government has stated it "intends to make provision" to support these families.
There is also additional entitlement if the parent normally works but is temporarily away from the workplace, for example on statutory sick pay.
If you have any questions then please contact school on 0161 761 1253 and press option 3 for the Nursery.
For further details or to apply for a Nursery place, please click on the links below: