24 July 2017

Parents of three and four-year-olds are being encouraged to find out if they qualify for 15 extra hours of free childcare a week.

From September, eligible parents will be able to benefit from 30 hours free childcare a week, up from 15 hours a week under the current scheme.

Working parents who earn the equivalent of 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage could be eligible, as well as some line parent families.

Register now

Parents are now being invited to register through the HMRC Childcare Services website before the end of August to benefit from the scheme.

Any parent who is eligible will be given an 11-digit reference number that needs to be given to their chosen childcare provider, who will then validate the reference number and offer a funded place if they have one available.

The county council has been awarded almost £1 million from the Education Funding Agency to create additional childcare places in the county.

County council cabinet member for children and families Cllr Matthew Golby said: “The 30 hours free childcare scheme is a fantastic way for working families to benefit from additional early years education.

“These extra free hours for eligible parents will not only ease pressures on family finances but also help to ensure children are more ‘school ready’, enabling them to benefit from the learning, development and social skills that early years education can offer.”

Find out more

Further information about free childcare for eligible three and four-year-olds is available at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/earlyyears. ​