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30 Hours Free Childcare for 3 & 4 year olds

This consultation has now closed.

To find out more about Childcare and free child care places please visit or telephone 01925 44 3131

30 hours free childcare proposal

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

From 2017 it is expected that the majority of working parents of three and four year olds will be eligible for an additional 15 hours of free childcare per week. You may have seen or heard it referred to as 30 hours free childcare.

The eligibility criteria is as follows;

  • Both parents are 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 living wage, and less than £100,000 per year. Working will include employed and self-employed people. Parents do not necessarily have to actually work 16 hours a week, but their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at the national living wage. This includes parents on zero contract hours who meet the criteria
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or 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 the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

Warrington Borough Council welcomes the move to help more children and parents.

We need to make sure that there are enough childcare places available and at the times parents need them.

We’d like to hear your views and you can get involved in the following ways:

Your response will be confidential and the survey process complies with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have any concerns or questions about the survey, require the questionnaire in another language or format including large print, Braille, audio or British Sign Language or simply require assistance in completing the form please call 01925 44 3322 and we will be happy to help.

The consultation closes on Friday 11 November 2016.