From September 2017, families where both parents are working more than 16 hours each per week will be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. There is an eligibility criteria that families meet, briefly outlined below;
- Both parent work at least 16 hours per week at minimum of living wage (this included 0 hour contracts and self-employed)
Families where one parent is unable to work, may still be eligible if any of the following is applicable;
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on maternity or paternity leave.
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave.
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay.
- One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring.
- One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.
The ‘specific benefits‘ mentioned above are as follows:
- Incapacity benefit
- Severe disablement allowance
- Long term incapacity benefit
- Carers’ allowance
- Employment and support allowance
- National insurance credits on the grounds of incapacity for work or limited capability for work.
For more information regarding the 30 hours entitlement for working families please contact Family Information Services Team on 01922 653383 or www.mywalsall.org/fis/
The application system is expected to become operational during April 2017.
We are currently seeking parent’s views on how they would prefer the 30 hours of nursery education to be accessed. Please contact the nursery for more information and to be added to our waiting list.