30 Hours Free Childcare

From September 2017, all families with a 3 and 4 year old child will still be eligible for the universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time or a total of 570 hours taken throughout the year. Some children will be eligible for extended childcare, which is up to 30 hours a week term time or a total of 1140 hours taken throughout the year.

We are offering 30 hours places to those children entitled to it. If you are interested and think you may be entitled please follow the local authority guidance below.

Eligibility for 30 hours:

  • both parents must be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year
  • working will include employed and self-employed persons
  • in general families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not be eligible for these additional hours
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
  • one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

What you have to do to apply:

Apply for a 15 hours place as usual via www.stockport.gov.uk and click “apply for” and “nursery admissions”. You can check what help you could get with childcare costs and an indication as to your eligibility for 30 hours free childcare via www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/. You can pre-register for email alerts to notify when you can apply for 30 hours free child care.

Once the portal is open, register and apply for a childcare service account. If eligible you will be issued with a code.

The Online Portal.

  • Parents will be able to apply for both Tax Free Childcare (see below) and 30 hour free childcare through a joint application system.
  • It will provide a simple journey for all parents and because the criteria are similar, it will avoid the need to provide the same information twice
  • parents will be expected to inform HM Revenue and Customs of any change in circumstance that may affect their eligibility
  • if eligibility changes there is a proposed grace period – this is intended to enable children to keep their place if parents become ineligible. More details will be available about the grace period.

Tax-free Childcare.

Tax free childcare is a new UK wide government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare and will be launched from early 2017. As a school we signed up to receive payments from parents using this account. For parents to apply for 30 hours free childcare they will need to open a childcare service account. This is a single online application for both 30 hours and tax free childcare.