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Will you benefit from more free childcare?

by Laura Johnston

The number of hours of free childcare that some working families are entitled to will increase from September.

All three and four year olds are currently entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week and from September working parents may be entitled to up to 30 hours of free childcare a week.

If your family is eligible for the additional hours, you will be able to take up to 1140 hours free childcare a year. The hours can be taken flexibly throughout the year, in a school, academy or with a registered childcare provider, including childminders. The hours can also be split across more than one childcare provider.

To qualify, parents must be in work, and each earning on average at least £120 a week, equal to 16 hours a week at the National Minimum or Living Wage.  Families earning more than £100,000 won’t be entitled to the funding.

It applies to children who will be three on or after 31 August.

How do you apply?

You can find out if your family is eligible for the 30 hours free childcare through the childcare choices website.

If you apply successfully your chosen childcare provider will need your eligibility code, and they will check the code to confirm your eligibility before confirming your child’s place. Together you will then be able to discuss a start date for your child.

You can find out who will be offering the 30 hours free childcare in Knowsley through the Knowsley Information Service website.

For more information based on your personal circumstances please ring the Childcare Information Service on 0151 443 5635 or 0800 085 2022 (choosing option 1).