Families across Swindon looking to take advantage of the new 30 hours’ free childcare or tax-free care scheme are being encouraged to get involved.
Parents can pre-register their interest for the government’s new ‘childcare offers’ scheme, announced in chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget speech earlier this month, ahead of its launch later in the year.
To register, parents are advised to complete the form on the government’s new Childcare Choices website.
The ‘Tax-Free Childcare scheme’ – will launch on 28th April 2017 and will see the government contribute 20p for every 80p that working parents spend on care costs each year.
It will offer working families up to £2,000 a year for each child under 12, or £4,000 for disabled children (to the age of 17).
To qualify, parents will have to:
- Be employed
- Both adults must be earning at least £115 a week and not more than £100,000 each year.
- Live in England
While both parents must be working to qualify, those temporarily absent from the workplace such as those on paid or unpaid maternity, paternity or adoption leave will still be eligible.
The ’30 hours free childcare offer’ – worth around £5,000 per child, will again need to be applied through the childcare service website.
Eligible parents will then receive a code which they can take to their childcare provider or council, along with their National Insurance Number and child’s date of birth. Their provider or council will check the code is authentic and allocate them a free childcare place.
Eligible parents can benefit from both Tax-free Childcare and free childcare at the same time.