30 hours childcare: eligibility
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:
– They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
– This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
– The upper limit that each parent can earn is £100,000
– This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
– The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
– Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or, if they are on statutory sick leave.
– Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
– Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
– If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.
– Fostered children are not eligible.
To see if you qualify, please log onto Childcare Choices website: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
The website includes a Childcare Calculator which parents can use to compare all the government’s childcare offers.
You can apply for both tax-free childcare and the 30 hours offer at the same time through a new digital childcare service that the government has launched.
Under the 30-hours offer, eligible parents who have signed up online will be given a code which can be shared with Woodland Corner, along with their National Insurance Number and child’s date of birth, so that they can be allocated a funded place.
Under the tax-free childcare scheme, eligible parents will be given government top-ups on money paid into their tax-free childcare account, with an extra £2 paid on top of every £8 paid in, up to a maximum contribution by the Government of £2,000 per child (or £4,000 for disabled children). This account can be used to send electronic payments to childcare providers. The scheme will first be offered to parents of children under two, with all eligible parents able to use the scheme by the end of the year.
If you require any further details or help you can ring Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.
Parents who have children who are 3 on or before 31st August 2017 can now apply for a code. All others will be able to register on Childcare Choices to receive an alert telling them when they are able to apply.
Woodland Corner will be offering a limited amount of 30 hours funded places so please email: firstname.lastname@example.org To qualify for the Autumn term, you will need to have your code before the end of August 2017.