Don't miss out on free child care this September
At the time of writing there is only two weeks left to apply for free child care in September 2018.
Hampshire County Council is reminding parents, whose children have recently reached the age of three, or will be three by the end of August, that they must apply for the 30 hours funded childcare by 31 August 2018. Additionally, parents who already receive the extended hours, or have applied early for a September start, must remember to re-confirm their eligibility, through their government childcare account every three months. Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is well known that early years learning through play, is an important foundation in a child’s development. “In Hampshire approximately 4,500 eligible children will have turned three during the summer term and school holidays. Providing parents meet the working eligibility criteria their child could be eligible for the extended hours (30 hours childcare) with approved early years’ education nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. However, to claim this for the autumn term which begins in September, parents must register with the Government's Childcare Choices website for an account and to apply for an eligibility code by 31 August 2018. The childcare provider will need this code so that they can provide that child’s funded place. “It is also vitally important for both new applicants and parents of under fives, who have previously enjoyed Free Childcare or Tax-Free Childcare, to renew their application every three months, if they want to continue their Free or Tax-Free childcare entitlements.” Parents can usually get up to 30 hours funded childcare if they are: • in work - or getting 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 they are over 25 Parents who are self-employed and started their own business less than 12 months ago will need to discuss their eligibility with HMRC direct. New applications and re-confirmations for 30 hours or Tax-Free Childcare must be made online at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. For assistance call the Childcare Service helpline 0300 123 4097.