Childcare Bill: Policy Statement - 30 hours of free childcare

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The Childcare Bill is delivering the Government’s commitment to giving families where parents are working an entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for their three- and four-year olds.

The Government is making good progress towards full implementation of the new entitlement from September 2017.

The extended free childcare entitlement for working parents of three and four-year-olds will provide eligible parents with a total of 30 hours of free childcare per week, over 38 weeks or the equivalent number of hours across more weeks per year.

Additional free childcare will help families by reducing the cost of childcare and will support parents into work or to work more hours, should they wish to do so. This is in addition to the existing 15 hours of free early education, which is available to all three- and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds

Detail of qualifiying children is set out in the current  Childcare Bill Policy Statement here.

The Department for Education invited applications to be early implementers from September 2016, Bradford Council submitted an application in November 2015 and are awaiting the outcome.


Published: 20/01/2016
Audience: Schools and Childcare Providers
Contact: Teresa Barrowclough

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