30 hours funding
The free hours offer
All 3 and 4 year olds currently receive 570 hours of free early education or childcare a year, this is based on 15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year and is a universal offer which is the child’s entitlement. The additional hours are based on the parent(s) of the child meeting an eligibility criteria. If eligible the child will be able to access an additional 570 hours, a total of 1140 hours per year. The maximum number of hours that can be claimed each week is 30 hours, but the hours can be spread (stretched) over fewer hours per week for more weeks, e.g. 22.8 hours a week for 50 weeks a year.
Schools will not have to offer the additional hours themselves but may choose to work with other providers to give parents flexible options.
Proposed eligibility criteria
Both parents/carers resident in a household or sole parent in a single parent household currently work and each earns at least the equivalent of 16 hours work per week at the, relevant minimum wage (currently £115.00 for over 25 year olds which equates to £5,980 per year) and under £100,000 per year total income
Where parents are self- employed or on a zero or variable hours contract average earnings will be assessed.
Where one parent is in receipt of benefits relating to a significant caring role or DLA and the other parent works the family will also be eligible if work earnings fall within the range.
Some examples of not meeting eligibility criteria
- Parent 1 earns £50,000 a year. Parent 2 does not work
- Sole parent does not work
- Parent 1 earns £120,000 a year, parent 2 earns £10,000
Some examples of meeting the eligibility criteria
- Parent 1 earns £30,000 a year, parent 2 cannot work and receives Disability Living Allowance
- Sole parent earns £12,000 a year
- Parent 1 earns £90,000, parent 2 earns £60,000
For further information about the 30 hours funding please refer to the Richmond council website
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