Early Years funding

The Government is proposing to increase the free childcare offer for three- and four-year-olds from 15 to 30 hours a week from September 2017.

Two young children with a teacher in the background and some colouring pencils in the foreground.To qualify for the full 30 hours of free childcare each parent, or the sole parent in a single parent family, will need to earn, on average, the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week (currently £111.20 per week for those aged 21 or over) and no more than £100,000 per year. A family with an annual household income of £199,998 would be eligible if each parent earns just under £100,000.

Self-employed parents and those on zero hours contracts will be eligible if they meet the average earnings threshold.

New opening hours

As a result of these changes, from September 2017 our opening hours will increase to:

  • Monday: 8.30–3.30
  • Tuesday: 8.30–3.30
  • Wednesday: 12.00–3.30
  • Thursday: 8.30–2.00
  • Friday: 8.30–3.30

Any questions?

To find out more and to see if these funding changes will affect you, please read 30 hours of free childcare – will my child get it?