Starting from the term after they turn three years old, all children are entitled to 570 hours of free childcare every week. From September, several children are also entitled to an additional 570 hours, depending on parental income and working hours. The government names this “30 hours free childcare,” based on a nursery or preschool which is open for 38 weeks of the year (1,140 hours divided by 38 weeks = 30.)
At our nursery we are 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 should know
You can usually get the 22 hours of free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
- 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 £125.28 if you are 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 does not live at home 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
If you want to find out more about your eligibility you can do so here.
How to apply
You will need to apply online using 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.