30 Hours’ free childcare –  will your child get it?

Government plans to double free childcare to 30 hours a week for 3 and 4 year olds have been updated by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement 2015. The Chancellor revealed a couple of changes to the original plans…

1 The 30-hours free childcare will now only be available to parents who work more than 16 hours a week. This means parents who work 2 days a week or under are not eligible – although it looks like they will still receive the 15 hours free childcare that is currently available.

2 There’s also a salary cap, although it’s at the very high end. Parents who individually earn more than £100,000 a year will not be eligible.

The Government is planning to roll out a pilot scheme in a few areas in September 2016 – it’s yet to be announced where those pilot areas will be. The scheme is scheduled to go nationwide in 2017.

To find out more about the scheme, how it will work, when it will start and if your child will qualify please visit the following links: