Make sure you claim your free child­care

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PAR­ENTS of three and four-year-olds in Sefton are be­ing re­minded they are now en­ti­tled to 30 hours’ free child­care per week.

The free early years en­ti­tle­ment changed in Septem­ber to al­low par­ents an ex­tra 15 hours care for their young­sters a week, bring­ing the to­tal up to 30.

It is in­tended to sup­port work­ing par­ents with the cost of child­care and en­able them to re­turn to work or to work ad­di­tional hours if they wish.

Par­ents are re­minded that they can only start claim­ing a 30-hour place for their three or fouryear-old the term fol­low­ing the date they re­ceive au­tho­ri­sa­tion from Her Majesty’s Rev­enue And Cus­toms (HMRC).

They are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply be­fore the end of Novem­ber if they wish to start claim­ing from Jan­uary next year.

Once par­ents have ap­plied and been in­formed they are el­i­gi­ble for the ad­di­tional 15 hours, and have been is­sued with an el­i­gi­bil­ity code, they need to take the num­ber to their child­care provider.

The provider needs to ver­ify the code and date be­fore a child can take up the ad­di­tional hours.

Par­ents will also need to re-con­firm el­i­gi­bil­ity ev­ery three months.

Ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived af­ter De­cem­ber 31 will not be el­i­gi­ble to claim the ad­di­tional hours un­til April 2018.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the ad­di­tional 15 hours of free child­care – mak­ing 30 in to­tal – a young­ster must be aged three or four be­fore De­cem­ber 31, and work­ing par­ents must have ap­plied for the ad­di­tional hours and been is­sued with an el­i­gi­bil­ity code by that date.

Par­ents who are al­ready claim­ing 30 hours’ free child­care are also re­minded that they must re-con­firm el­i­gi­bil­ity ev­ery three months, by log­ging in to their Gov­ern­ment Gate­way ac­count.

They will re­ceive an email re­minder in their gov­ern­ment se­cure emails ac­count ap­prox­i­mately four weeks be­fore their ex­piry date.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply, visit child care-sup­port.tax.ser­vice. gov.uk

Par­ents can get 30 hours of child­care paid for by the Gov­ern­ment

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