From a term after they turn three years old, all children are entitled to 570 hours of free childcare every week. From September 2017, many children are also entitled to a further 570 hours, depending on parental income and working hours. The government calls this “30 hours free childcare,” based on a preschool or nursery which opens 38 weeks of the year (1,140 hours divided by 38 weeks = 30.)
At Wellingborough Day Nursery, we open for 51 weeks of the year meaning that the 30 hours actually become 22 (1,140 hours divided by 51 weeks = 22.)
What you need to know
You can usually get the 22 hours of free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
- in work
- are on parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
- each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25
- This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.
You’re not eligible if:
- your child doesn’t usually live with you
- the child is your foster child
- either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000
- You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.
- If you can’t work
You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
How to apply
you will need to apply online via the government website. You will then receive a unique code which you bring into us at nursery and we verify here. We can then book your child in (if there is space) and there will be no charge to you.