Funding for Childcare
Free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds
In England all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare and early education a week for up to 38 weeks a year. This is to give children the opportunity to take part in planned learning activities, and help prepare them for school through the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a universal offer and is available to all children regardless of their family circumstances.
The government has now increased the free hours from 15 to 30 a week. However, this is only available to families where 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 National Minimum wage (NMW) or National Living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year.
Introduction of 30 hours funded childcare for children in foster care:
The Government have just introduced an extension to the new 30 hours funded childcare scheme so that in September 2018 some 3 and 4 year olds in foster care will be able to access additional hours with a childcare provider. Please be aware that for the first term only (September to December) we will process applications received at any point within the term - however funding will only be offered from when the application from the date it has been agreed and cannot be back dated. From the spring term (January to March) applications will need to be received by 10th December 2018 to be offered funding from January 2019. Applications for summer term funding (April-August) will need to be submitted by 18 March 2019 to be offered funding from April 2019.
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The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs.
Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.
Please click on this link to find out whether you are eligible to apply for help with childcare costs.