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This page provides information on 30 hours' childcare which will commence in Buckinghamshire from September 2017. The scheme aims to help families with 3 and/or 4 year olds to start back into work or to extend their working pattern.
What's Changing? Currently all 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week. These changes extend the current 15 hours to 30 hours per week (in total) for working families. These changes are being introduced as part of the Childcare Act 2016.
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:
They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
This equates to £120 a week (or £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (example: they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.
The website allows you to select how much you earn, followed by whether or not you live with a partner. You will then be presented with your options highlighted in yellow (schemes you do not quality for will be greyed out). Under each available option you will see: “Is it for me?”. Selecting this will display further details and direct you to the relevant place such as online registration, calculators, email alerts, or GOV.UK pages.
If you are eligible for 30 hours', you will receive an eligibility code into your secure account before the start of the summer holidays. If you are also applying for Tax Free Childcare, you will receive your 30 hours' code at the same time.
Bring your eligibility code to Tot Town Nursery and we will 'book' your place for you. The code will be validated by the Tot Town Nursery before a place is offered to your child. Please note: it may take some time validate your code as the electronic system enabling us to do this is still being set up.