30 Hours Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
From September 2017 some children may be eligible for 30 hours free early years learning. Below you will find useful information and links to websites that will explain eligibility criteria, the application process and where you can access extended entitlement.
We are working very closely with Shotton and Howletch Childcare to ensure that together we can provide high quality 30 hours entitlement for those children of working parents who meet the nationally agreed criteria.
What does it all mean?
All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds in England are currently entitled to free, part-time early years learning, care and development with a recognised provider. Children can currently attend on a part-time basis for 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks of the year. These arrangements will continue in September.
From September 2017, working parents of 3 and 4 year olds will be able to access 30 hours of free childcare per week, depending on their circumstances. There are specific eligibility criteria which are to be applied uniformally across the country. However we appreciate that you may not know:
- Whether you will qualify.
- How to go about applying.
- Where you can access the 30 hours of childcare.
- Our plans and arrangements for supporting this important initiative.
The attached information letter explains all these aspects. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.