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.
What is available through the childcare choices?
Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that families pay in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).
Tax-Free Childcare will be available for children under 12 years old (under 17 years old for disabled children) and can be used to contribute towards nursery, childminder and after-school care. To be eligible, parents must be in work (including self-employment) and each earning at least £120 per week and not more than £100,000 per year. It will be introduced to parents with the youngest children first and gradually rolled out so that all parents will be able to apply by the end of 2017.
Childcare providers must have signed up to be able to receive payments from Tax-Free Childcare. Parents can check which providers in their area are ready, using the childcare provider checker: www.childcare-provider-checker.tax.service.gov.uk
30 hours free childcare
30 hours childcare for three and four year olds will be available in England from September 2017. This doubles the existing 15 hours currently available and could save working families up to £5,000 a year.
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.