New 30 hour extended entitlement

On top of the universal 15 hours free provision that all 3 and 4 year olds currently receive, the government has committed to doubling this offer for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017. 

The aim is to help families by reducing the cost of childcare and supporting parents to work. The government wants to see childcare that is good for families and children. Childcare in the early years must be a caring and happy experience that supports children's development and gets children ready to thrive at school and in later life. The Early Years Team are mindful that in order to give young children the best start in life providers need well qualified, experienced staff and suitable facilities to deliver the extended entitlement and are aware of the importance of a sustainable rate of funding for providers.

The Childcare Bill, which detailed the government's commitment to double free childcare available for working parents from September 2017, received Royal Assent in March 2016 and this new duty on Local Authorities is now law as detailed in the Childcare Act 2016. You can read more about the Childcare Act 2016 and the Local Authority's legislative duty to 'secure that childcare is available free of charge for qualifying children of working parents for, or for a period equivalent to, 30 hours in each of 38 weeks in any year' (Childcare Act 2016) on the Government website

Who will qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

Register for tax free childcare or 30 hours free childcare

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