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30 Hours Early Years Funding for Working Parents

30 Hours Early Years Funding for Working Parents

30 Hours Early Years Funding for Working Parents

After a 12 month trial in certain areas across the country, 30 hours’ early years funding will roll out in September 2017 for eligible working parents, doubling the present system of 15 hours. At the same time, a new scheme, Tax-Free Childcare, will also kick off. Both schemes could knock pounds off your monthly childcare bill!

The 30 hour free early years funding system adds to the current 15 hours available to all 3 & 4 year olds. From September, working parents can receive up to a further 15 hours, if you qualify. The checks are:-

  • Each parent earning the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week (currently £107 per week). They may work less hours, but the earnings will be of this amount or more.
  • Each parent earning less than £100,000 per year
  • In a single parent family, these criteria will apply in the same way for that one parent

In a family where only one parent is earning, the proposed eligibility allows for:

  • One or both parent/s is away on leave such as parental, maternal, paternal or adoption leave i.e. their absence is temporary
  • When one or both parent/s is on Statutory sick i.e. their absence is temporary
  • If one parent is employed and the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities; is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

You can register through the following link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

You will have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months. This is really important as it triggers information to the Local Authority, notifying them of your right to continue with the extra funding. You will be prompted to reconfirm, we are told.

If your employment circumstances change during a 3 month period, there is a ‘grace period’ where your funding continues at the higher rate.

So if you think you are eligible, please get on with your registration as soon as possible. Do not leave it to the last few days, as there is already difficulty registering people and we want to make sure you do receive the extra funding if applicable.

To read more on 30 hours free funding by Helen gration click here: https://mmbmagazine.co.uk/west-yorkshire/blog/30-hours-free-childcare-explained/

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