Good news, parents! Starting today (January 2nd), even more families can get free childcare!
There is a lot in the news today about this, yet it can be confusing. We have simplified the information to ensure that no one misses out.
Working parents of two-year-olds in England can now get 15 hours of free childcare a week. Soon (September 2024), this will be extended to parents of babies as young as nine months!
How much is it?
You can get up to 30 hours of free childcare a week if you have children under five. This means free nursery or preschool for some or all of your little one’s week. Through the tax-free childcare scheme, eligible parents can receive up to £500 every three months per child, or £2,000 a year. This valuable support is even greater for families with disabled children, with a maximum of £4,000 available.
How do I apply?
Register on the Childcare Choices page on the GOV.UK website today (January 2nd) – the best time is between now and the end of February.
What’s the catch?
You must be working and earning at least the minimum wage for 16 hours a week (both parents if you’re a couple).
Where can I use it?
Any registered childcare provider, like private nurseries or state-run pre-schools.
Remember, this is free money to help you with childcare costs! Don’t miss out – apply today and give your little one a fun and educational head start.
P.S. Separate childcare systems exist in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
We hope this makes the information easier to understand and digest!
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