30 hours free childcare (3 and 4 year olds)

As many parents/carers may be aware families meeting a specific criteria will be able to claim an additional 15 hours free childcare on top of the existing 15 hours already available to all 3 and 4 year olds.

This additional offer is aimed specifically at those families who meet the criteria below:

  • both parents/carers are working (or sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent earns on average: a weekly minimum wage the equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or living wage (NLW) and less than £100,000 per year each
  • both parents are employed but one or both is temporarily away from the workplaces on parental, maternity, paternity, adoption leave or statutory sick pay
  • one parent is employed and the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
  • one parent is employed and one parent is disabled/incapacitated based on specific benefits
  • foster parents who are in paid work outside their role as a foster parent.

You do not need to actually work 16 hours per week but your earnings must meet the minimum equivalent of national minimum or living wage.

All childcare providers registered with Ofsted are able to deliver this funding including childminders and schools with a nursery provision. Each provider will have their own offer and you should discuss this directly with the childcare provider of your choice.

Last updated: 10.39am on Wednesday 20 November 2019

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