From September 2019 funded childcare is doubling from 15 to 30 hours a week (for 38 weeks each year) for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds. The additional hours will enable families to work, support parents who wish to work or allow parents to work more hours.
How to claim your 30 hours at Three Bridges
1. Check your eligibility using the tool below
2. Once you have completed this checker and 30 hour free childcare is available to you, please email us to register your interest on email@example.com
Who is eligible?
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare.
Both parents (or sole parents in lone parent family) must:
Earn below £100,000 per year each
Earn more than £115 per week each
Be in paid employment, self employed or zero hour contract
If one parent is on maternity, paternity, adoption leave or statutory sick leave.
Here is some further information about the 30 hours funded childcare scheme below.
If you're a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare.
The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child per year - that's up to £500 every three months. If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4,000 per child - that's up to £1,000 every three months.
Am I eligible?
You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £131 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).
If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
You can't get Tax-Free Childcare if either you, or your partner, each individually expect to earn £100,000 or more.
How can I benefit?
You can use Tax-Free Childcare all year round to help pay:
- Registered childminders, nurseries and nannies
- Registered after-school clubs and playschemes
- Registered schools
- Home careworkers working for a registered home care agency
What isn't covered?
The 30 hours free childcare offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips). Providers may charge a fee for these additions. If you choose to pay for these it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 30 hours place, and must be offered alternative options.
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