GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR CHILDCARE:
There is NEW funding help from the government for ‘eligible’ parents which is applied to 38 weeks of the year, and that is the equivalent of a school year.
From April 2024, there will be 15 hours with funded support for ‘eligible’ working parents of 2 year olds.
And from September 2024, 15 hours funded support extends to children from 9 months old, again for ‘eligible’ parents.
This then takes a child through to the age of 3 years old, where what they call ‘universal funding’ applies. At this age, all 3 and 4 year olds get a minimum of 15 hours funding towards childcare costs.
But ‘eligible’ working parents can claim up to 30 hours for 3 & 4 year olds.