What if we told you that you might not have to shoulder the cost of childcare alone? If you’re the parent of a three or four years old, you don’t have to! Every three or four-year-old child in the UK automatically qualifies for 15 hours of free healthcare to help working families afford quality, private daycare. Your child is entitled to 570 hours per year of free early education, which can be taken over 38 weeks or spilt across 52 depending on your needs. Now your child can enjoy the benefits of joining a nursery without you having to worry about the cost!
How Do You Qualify for 30 Hours Free Childcare?
By law, your three or four-year-old is entitled to at least 15 hours of free childcare. But if you meet the following requirements, you can qualify for an additional 15 hours. This brings your free childcare total to 30 hours.
You are eligible for 30 hours free childcare if you (or your partner) can prove the following:
- You’re a UK resident
- You’re currently employed
- You earn the National Minimum Wage or the Living Wage (£125.28 per week)
- Your taxable income is under £100,000
Again, you can take your 1,140 hours per year over 38 weeks or spilt across 52 depending on your needs.
How Does the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme Work?
If you need government-run tax-free childcare, the scheme is very easy to understand. Through this program, you can receive up to £500 every three months to help with the costs of childcare. Each child is awarded £500 every three months, totaling £2,000 a year per child. For every £8 you pay the nursery, the government will pay £2. Plus, if you have a three or four-year-old, he or she can be eligible for both 15 hours of free childcare and tax-free childcare. You can read more about the rules and regulations of tax-free childcare here.
First Steps Day Nursery provides free childcare in Peterborough for those who qualify, so contact us to learn more about our staff and services today. They are a highly regarded day nursery Peterborough, UK that values and encourages children to reach their full potential. The team works with parents and provides a safe environment for children to learn and grow alongside their peers. From newborns to five-year-olds, they can care for children of all ages, making them feel special and loved along the way.