Are you eligible for funded childcare?
Are you worried about the childcare expenses? In England, you are eligible to get free early childcare and education, if your child is turning 2 and you are getting one of the following:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The element guaranteed in the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit with an income less than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 4-week run (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credits with an income of or less than £16,190
Funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
From September 2017, working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare – rather than the current 15 hours.
Eligibility rules to receive the new 30 hours
- Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts in your area
- Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
- Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
- Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
- You live in England
Kiddie Kare is open 51 weeks of the year. If you child is eligible to receive the government funding, you funding will be stretched out over the full year which provides 11 hours of child care each week or 22 if eligible to receive the increased funding as a working parent.
Dates for claiming (for 2, 3 and 4 year olds)
|Child’s birth date||When you can claim|
|1 January to 31 March||Beginning of the term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||Beginning of the term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||Beginning of the term on or after 1 January|
Example: If your child was born on 17 February 2015, you will become eligible for free early education and childcare from the start of the term following 1 April 2018.