Par­ents can claim 30 hours of free child­care a week

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - PT CAMPAIGN -

Work­ing par­ents will be able to claim 30 hours per week of free child­care for three and four-year-olds if they meet the eli­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, thanks to a new gov­ern­ment scheme.

The scheme means chil­dren could re­ceive up to 1,140 hours of free child­care prior to pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

Cur­rently, all three and four-year-old chil­dren can re­ceive up to 15 hours free early ed­u­ca­tion per week over 38 weeks of the year. The new en­ti­tle­ment can also be ‘stretched’ at some child­care providers so fewer hours can be used across more weeks of the year.

More than 200 set­tings in Peter­bor­ough are of­fer­ing 30 hours free child­care, which in­clude child­min­ders, day nurs­eries, pre-schools, in­de­pen­dent schools and lo­cal author­ity owned set­tings.

Karen Hingston, head of early years and child­care cen­tres for Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic scheme de­signed to help par­ents with the costs of child­care. Chil­dren will ben­e­fit im­mensely from spend­ing more time in stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ments and amongst their friends.”

To be el­i­gi­ble, both par­ents must be in work and earn­ing at least the equiv­a­lent of 16 hours per week at Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage or Na­tional Liv­ing Wage, but less than £100,000 per year.

Self-em­ployed and sin­gle par­ent fam­i­lies can also ap­ply, pro­vid­ing the sole par­ent is in work.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the scheme, in­clud­ing how to ap­ply, visit www.peter­bor­ uk/30hours­free.

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