Date Published: 25 July 2017
Families in Rutland could benefit from a new government initiative that doubles the amount of support available to working parents with children aged three and four years old.
From September 2017 onwards, working parents may be eligible to receive 30 hours free childcare each week thanks to a government scheme that plans to increase the current 15 hours free childcare provision that all three and four year old children are entitled to.
Parents will be eligible to receive the 30 hours if they meet the following criteria:
- Both parents, and the sole parent in a lone parent family, are working and earning a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage and less than £100,000 a year. This can include self-employment and parents on zero-hours contracts
- Both parents or the sole parent in a lone parent family are working and in receiving tax credits and/or universal credit
- Both parents are employed but one or both are on temporary parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
- One parent is employed and one parent is in receipt of carers allowance
- One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated
“The government has made a commitment to help families by reducing the cost of childcare and supporting working parents. The enhanced 30 hours free childcare provision ensures that childcare does not act as a barrier to parents who want to work more and will be hugely beneficial for families in Rutland. I’d encourage all parents with young children to check their eligibility and register as soon as possible using the new online childcare application system, to ensure they are able to receive their 30 free hours come September.”
Cllr David Wilby, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning
The online childcare application system asks parents to declare what they expect to earn in the next three months. If parents are eligible they will receive an 11 digit verification code to present to any participating childcare provider. Parents will need to speak with childcare providers to discuss their needs and how they can be accommodated.
Parents can check their eligibility online via our 30 Hours Free Childcare page.
For further information, please contact the Rutland Information Service on: 01572 722 577 or speak with your early years provider.