More free childcare for working families

Published: Monday 20th February 17

From September some working parents will be able to claim an extra 15 hours’ of free childcare.

All three and four year olds are already eligible for 15 hours’ childcare funded by the council in borough nurseries, childminders and other Ofsted-registered settings.

Now some parents will be able to get a total of 30 hours of funded term-time childcare a week.

To be eligible you must be a two-parent working family or a lone working parent earning more than the equivalent of 16 hours per week at the national living wage.

Parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible, as are those who are registered as self-employed. See a full list of eligibility criteria.

The council’s spokesman for education and children’s service, Cllr Kathy Tracey, said:

“We already offer free childcare for all three and four year olds, as well as some two year olds, but these additional hours will be a real bonus for hard-working families struggling to make ends meet.

“We have a wide range of high-quality childcare settings and over the past few years have worked hard to increase the number of places available in nurseries. I would urge working parents to check if they are eligible.”

Parents will be able to apply online from August 2017. In the meantime, they can find out more about this, and other local services for families, on the council’s Family Information Service website at

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Useless - again help is not there is you earn over £100,000.

24 February 2017