Free Childcare entitlement- 30 hours

From September 2017, working parents will be entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free childcare on top of the universal entitlement to 15 hours of free early education.

 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 parent has a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at the national minimum wage or living wage; and
  • neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year
  • 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.

In addition one parent is employed and one parent:

  • has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;
  • is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

Bradford  has been identified as an Early Implementer Innovator for the 30 hours.  £150k funding has been awarded by the DfE for Bradford to test the likely impact of the new entitlement on working patterns.  This gives Bradford a unique opportunity to influence the full implementation in 2017.

Early Years providers will be able to deliver the extended entitlement from September 2017.  Schools, childminders, nurseries and pre-schools were invited to briefing sessions w/c 20 June to help shape what the delivery could look like for September 2017. The briefing sessions will be followed by an online provider survey to assess capacity to deliver the new entitlement across the District.  The presentation can be viewed here.

An online parent survey will go live shortly giving parents the opportunity to state their interest in taking up the new entitlement.  A series of focus groups are planned for the summer to establish how the new entitlement will support parents currently in work and those parents who want to return to work.

The Local Authority plans to test a limited number of 30 hour places over the next year.  The proposal is for three pilot schemes to test how schools can deliver innovative approaches to delivering flexible childcare and early education, for example the possibility of childminders delivering childcare on school sites.  The pilots will also be used to gauge the extent to which families change their working patterns and informal childcare arrangements, such as informal care by family members in response to the new entitlement.

 


Information

Published: 29/06/2016
Audience: Primary, Independent & Nursery schools, Childminders, day nurseries, Pre-schools
Contact: Diane Lupton

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