Free childcare entitlement
HALTON Borough Council has urged parents to to find out if they are eligible for free childcare.
The local authority said that applications need to be filed before the end of August to be able to claim from the autumn term in September onwards.
A Halton Council spokesman said that as well as the 15 free hours that all three-and-fouryear-olds are entitled to, most working parents of children aged thee and four can receive an extra 15 hours, bringing it to a total of 30 hours per week. The extra entitlement came into effect from September last year.
It is intended to support working parents.
Parents are reminded that they can only start claiming a 30-hour place for their child after the date they receive a decision from HMRC.
Therefore, they should apply in good time before September. Those who are approved for the scheme will receive an eligibility code, which they will need to take to their childcare provider.
Any applications received after August 31 will not be able to claim free hours until January.
Parents will need to re-confirm their eligibility every three months via their Government Gateway account. They should receive an email reminder in their Government email account about four weeks before their eligibility code expiry date.
Cllr Tom McInerney (children, young people and families), said: “We want to make sure everyone knows what they are entitled to.”
Parents can find out if they qualify and apply at www. childcarechoices.gov.uk