Updated January 2017

The government has committed to doubling the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds from September 2017. The government want the 30 hours extended entitlement to have a real impact on the lives of families, supporting parents who wish to work, or to work more hours, to be able to do so.

Access to the childcare service as a parent or childcare provider

Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare are new government schemes to help parents with the cost of childcare. Both schemes can be applied for through a single online application – the childcare service.

To qualify, parents must be in work, and each earning at least £115 a week (on average) and not more than £100,000 each per year.

Parents can use Tax-Free Childcare alongside the 15 and 30 hours free childcare schemes in England, or any free childcare hours provided by the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland governments.

Parents can't use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as they receive childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or tax credits. However, 30 hours free childcare can be received alongside these schemes. 

For further information please telephone the Families Information Service on 01925 443131 or visit www.mylifewarrington.co.uk