30 Hours Funded Childcare
Working parents of children aged 3 and 4 year olds could be entitled for up to 30 hours funded childcare a week. Working includes employed persons, self-employed persons, and parents on zero hours contracts who meet the criteria. A child qualifies for funded childcare if they are resident in the England and under compulsory school age: • Both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average: • A weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage and • Less than £100,000 per year. Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not usually be eligible. However the funded childcare will be available where both parents are employed but one (or both parents) is temporarily away from the workplace on: • Parental leave • Maternity leave • Paternity leave • Adoption leave • Statutory sick leave • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring; or • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on specific benefits. Eligibility codes issued to parents will typically have a 3 month validity period. Parents will be asked to reconfirm their eligibility on the GOV.uk website every 3 months, declaring any changes in their circumstances. The government has also introducing a ‘Grace Period’ so that if a parent’s employment circumstances change they can retain their funded childcare place for a set amount of time. This will: • Provide continuity for the child • Give parents the opportunity to regain employment; and; • Give childcare providers certainty that if they offer a funded childcare place, they will not risk having an empty place immediately following those changes in circumstances. 30 hours funded childcare can also be used alongside Tax Free Childcare. For more information contact Kim Rowntree on 01429 284881 or Bobbie Swales on 01429 523929. Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm.
Hartlepool Borough Council