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Don't miss out on free childcare

All children aged 3 or 4 years old are eligible for free early education for up to 15 hours a week. The Government has increased this to 30 hours a week for working parents earning the equivalent of the National Minimum wage for 16 hours per week. You can sign up to receive an alert about when to apply.  Working parents in receipt of Universal Credit may be entitled to receive the childcare costs element of Universal Credit.  This means that they can be reimbursed up to 85% of their eligible childcare costs for childcare which enables them to take up paid work.  Parents can see what help they can get with the cost of childcare via the Childcare Choices website

This childcare costs element can be claimed by parents in addition to the DfE's free childcare element. 

The government has introduced a Tax Free Childcare scheme. 


Find out about help you could get with your childcare costs via the government on-line calculator

Your child may also be entitled to two year old funding.

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