30 FREE HOURS
The Government has announced it will be doubling free childcare from 2017.
But it's not quite that straightforward...
1) The 30-hours free childcare will only be available to parents who work more than 16 hours a week.
2) There's also a salary cap. Parents who individually earn more than £100,000 a year will not be eligible.
So what is the free childcare deal?
Many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare - rather than the current 15 hours.
When will it start?
The scheme is scheduled to go nationwide in 2017.
Will my child get it?
Not everyone is eligible - the extra 15 hours are only available to working parents who work more than 16 hours a week and earn under £100,000 per year. This is different to the current free childcare scheme which is open to everyone.
It also only applies to families living in England.
So, to be eligible:
- Your child will be aged 3 or 4 in September 2016
- You'll work more than 16 hours per week
- You'll have an annual income of less than £100,000
- You'll live in England
Will all nurseries offer this?
Most will - but some nurseries may not be able to offer the flexible 30 hours free childcare.
EYPP - Early Years Pupil Premium
In April 2015, nurseries and other childcare providers were able to claim additional funding through 'EYPP' to support children.
The EYPP provides an additional 53p per hour for 3 and 4 year old children whose parents meet certain criteria or are in receipt of certain benefits.
This is an additional £302 a year for each child who takes the full 570 hours of their early years entitlement.
These additional funds will make a significant difference as we can use the extra funding to improve the quality of early years education that we provide for your child.
This could include staff training, additional resources or specialised education programmes focussing on areas such as speech and language development.
Ofsted inspections will look at how we use this additional funding and that it is having an impact on improving outcomes for children.
Parents /Carers can apply directly for this additional funding by following the link below, alternatively we will provide you with a form to complete.
SEND - The Local Offer?
The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care as well as information about other local, support services. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child. For more information click on the button below which will take you directly to the Local Offer Wirral website.
The Local Offer will:
- Give you information about education and training, health and care services
- Give you information about leisure activities and support groups
- Hold all the information in one place
- Be clear, comprehensive and accessible
- Make service provision more responsive to local needs
- Be developed and reviewed with service providers and service users.
How will the Local Offer help me?
- Make it easier to find out what you need to know
- Help you to find information when you need it and to be less dependent on other people to do this for you
- Help you to find the nearest and most suitable services
- Help you to ask the right questions
- Help you to provide feedback about what is needed, raise concerns or make a complaint.