Funding

Free Early Education Entitlement is available for all children following the term after their third birthday, This free funding provides 15 hours of free childcare a week over a minimum of 38 weeks of the year. This funding can be taken flexibly.

 

Free Early Education for two year olds is available for parents/carers receiving certain benefits. If eligible your child will be able to receive free childcare for 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the academic year.

Parents can check which providers in their area are ready, using the childcare provider checker: www.childcare-provider-checker.tax.service.gov.uk

What is available through the childcare choices?

Tax-Free Childcare

  • For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK

  • Earning under £100k and at least £131 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each

  • Who aren't receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers

  • With children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if disabled)

  • For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year

15 Hours Free Childcare - Age 2

  • For families in England, receiving some forms of support

  • With 2-year-old children

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for your two-year-old you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit GOV.UK- external link for further information.

  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

 

15 Hours Free Childcare - Age 3 & 4

  • For all families in England

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

30 Hours Free Childcare

  • For working families in England

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children

  • 30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more
    childcare provider

  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Parents will be able to check their eligibility now using the online childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator and, if eligible, submit an online application ahead of September. Once signed up, parents will receive an eligibility code to take to their childcare provider. Childcare providers will then check the code with their local authority. If eligible, parents can book their 30 hours place. 

 

You can now fund a straightforward explanation of all government childcare support on the new Childcare Choices website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

 

We accept a vast majority of childcare vouchers towards the cost of your childcare. This can mean reduced tax and national insurance contributions. Please speak with the manager for more information.

 

Please contact Blue Bubbles for further information on any of the above schemes.

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