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30 hours funded childcare

1. Overview

From September 2017 funding for early education for 3 and 4 year old children is changing.

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours a week, or 570 hours a year of free early education.

If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. An extra 570 hours of free childcare a year, so 1140 hours in total. Eligibility criteria will apply. Please see our eligibility page for more details.

The new entitlement to 30 hours free childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable parents, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours. It can, where early years providers can offer it and if parents would like, be taken all year round and the hours allocated pro rata.

Not all schools and providers will be able to offer the full 30 hours free childcare, they may be limited by their building design, opening times, staffing or simply that they are full to their capacity. You may wish to look at solutions such as shared care and wrap around care to enable you to take up the extended entitlement.

The DfE have produced the short film from one of the pilot areas in which parents describe their experiences of 30hrs childcare.

Stockport Council is working with early years providers and schools to ensure there is sufficient flexible childcare to meet parents needs from September 2017. To gauge parental needs surveys were conducted in June 2016.