30 hours free childcare at St Edmund’s Nursery School from September 2017
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours free early education a week, or 570 hours a year.
From September 2017 some 3 and 4-year-olds will be entitled to 30 hours free early education/childcare a week, or 1140 hours a year.
You will be able to claim from the term following your child’s 3rd birthday until they reach compulsory school age
Eligibility criteria for the new entitlement has been set by HMRC and includes the following:
- both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family);
each expect to earn at least £115 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Living Wage (unless you became self-employed less than 12 months ago), or
each expect to earn at least £111 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage (unless you became self-employed less than 12 months ago), or
each expect to earn at least £61.92 a week if you are under 18, £84.80 a week if you are aged 18-20 or £52.80 a week if you are an apprentice (either under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship), or
- both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave, adoption leave or receiving statutory sick pay, or
- one parent is employed & the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring, or one parent is employed & one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.
You, and your partner, must also both live in England and neither parent must have an income of more than £100,000 per year.
Applying for 30 hours free childcare
You can apply for 30 hours free childcare in a single online childcare service application at www.childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk
Securing your 30 hours place
If you think you might be eligible for 30 hours free childcare, please let us know as soon as possible.
For more information visit: www.childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk