Thirty Hours Funding For Nursery Aged Children
Thirty Hours Funding
Thirty hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds is available from and you will be able to apply. This can be used alongside tax-free childcare or childcare vouchers.
The 30 hours extended entitlement is double the 15 hours currently available for all three and four year olds. Eligible parents could use it as 30 hours during term time or spread the hours over the full year (1140 hours in total).
The government is funding the extension of the free childcare to support parents who currently work, wish to return to work, or to increase their working hours, by making childcare more affordable.
To be able to access the extra hours both parents need to be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and;
- Each parent earns on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
- Earns less than £100,000 per year (when one parent in a household has an income of £100,000 or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the extra free hours).
‘Working’ means both employed and self-employed persons may be eligible.
You do not need to actually work 16 hours a week, but your earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. This will be at the new rate of National Minimum Wage from April 2017 which will be:
- For ages 25 and over £7.50 per hour, or £120 a week
- For ages 21-14 £7.05 per hour or £112.80 a week
Families may also be eligible where one parent gets benefits relating to caring responsibilities or a disability and the other parent is working.
The current entitlement of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks (570 hours) of free early education for all three and four years olds will still be available even if you aren’t eligible for the additional entitlement.
At Kirklevington Primary School, we will be offering the following provision for our Nursery children:
Breakfast Club – 7:45-8.55am
Nursery morning session – 8.55-12am
Lunch Club – 12-1pm (will need to provide a packed lunch or pay £2.30 for a school lunch)
Afternoon session – 1-3:00pm
We do access After School provision, such as Clever Clogs and Puddleducks. Please ask at the school office for details.
Children will access the 15 hours Nursery morning sessions as normal, but can then access any of the other hours on a needs basis.
If further details are required, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Jeffrey in the school office.