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Apply now to get 15 hours childcare for your 2-year-old from April

by Laura Johnston

Applications for 15 hours childcare are now open for eligible working parents in England with a child who turns two on, or before, 31st March.

Parents can apply for their hours on gov.uk to get their code and then share it with their childcare provider. To continue receiving the government support, you will need to reconfirm your details every three months on your gov.uk account.

Changes to childcare from September 2024

From September 2024, 15 hours childcare will be expanded to eligible working parents in England with children between 9 and 23 months old. From September 2025, eligible working parents in England with children between 9 months up to school age will have access to 30 hours childcare.

This comes alongside the existing government childcare support, including 30 hours for 3 and 4 year olds, Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit Childcare. Parents might be able to use more than one offer to help with their childcare costs.

Changes for primary school children

Childcare is also expanding for primary-school children – from September 2024, parents in England are expected to see an expansion in the availability of childcare in their local area before and after school, that runs from 8am until 6pm or later, also known as ‘wraparound childcare’. If you are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare, you can use the support to help pay for wraparound childcare.

To see what support you might be eligible for, now and in the future visit Childcare Choices

Help us identify future childcare needs

If you are planning on using childcare from April 2024 and are currently not accessing a place, please complete our survey which will help us identify the possible future demand for childcare in Knowsley.

You can find the survey here. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 29 March 2024.

Everyone completing the survey will be offered the opportunity to enter a prize draw with the chance to win a £50 High Street shopping voucher.