Information for parents
The childcare offer provides 30 hours a week of funded childcare and early education for up to 48 weeks of the year. It can be accessed by eligible working parents of three to four-year-olds. The offer is available from the term after a child’s third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday. Parents are no longer eligible for the offer during term time when their child is offered a full-time school place. However, they can continue to access nine weeks of childcare during holidays.
The offer is a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) provision for three and four-year-olds, and additional funded childcare which includes childminders. The offer extends to after school hours, weekends and school holidays.
To qualify, you must:
- have a child that is three or four years old
- earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent to, or more than, 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW)
- earn less than £100,000 per year
If you are in a single-parent family you need to be working and if you are in a two-parent family you both need to be working.
If you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract you need to be able to prove this by providing the relevant documents. The offer is available during maternity leave and to those on long term sickness.