Childcare free entitlement – 30 hours - Commencing September 2017

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

Bradford Council was successful in bidding for a pilot to trail innovative approaches to delivery of 30 hours. York has full pilot status and will be trialing full implementation from September 2016, whilst Bradford along with Gateshead, Sheffield, Eastriding, Wakefield and North Yorkshire will develop and share innovative approaches in aspects of policy and delivery of the new entitlement. Bradford will focus on work incentives, parental engagement and sufficiency and will trail delivery of 30 hours in a limited number of sites from September 2016.

All early years providers will be able to deliver the extended entitlement from September 2017. We will keep you updated with the most recent government guidance and will be in contact to discuss the role you wish to play in the national role out in 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.

The additional hours will be available to families where:

  • both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family);
  • each parent has a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage; and
  • neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year.


Parents will also be entitled in the following circumstances:

  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay.


In addition where one parent is in receipt of benefits relating to caring responsibilities or a disability and the other parent s working:

  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.


For more detail refer to the Government Consultation



Published: 22/04/2016
Audience: Head teachers, Early Years leads in schools, Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Education and
Contact: Teresa Barrowclough

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