Don't miss out! 30 hours of FREE childcare for three and four-year-olds

From September 2017, three and four year olds in Hounslow will be eligible for an additional 15 free hours of childcare each week.

Published: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

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From September 2017, three and four year olds in Hounslow will be eligible for an additional 15 free hours of childcare each week. To qualify where both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) they must:
 

  • have a weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) (for under 25 year olds) or national living wage (NLW) (if over 25 years old)
  • have an income of less than £100,000 each per year (Parents who are non-EEA nationals must have recourse to public funds to qualify)

 
If a parent (or their partner if applicable) is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or if they are unable to work because they are disabled or have caring responsibilities, they may still be eligible.
 
The 30- hour places will be offered in some school nursery classes, private day nurseries and pre-school playgroups and also with some childminders across the borough. It is the decision of the childcare provider as to whether they will deliver the 30- hour entitlement.
 
For more information and a list of childcare providers planning to offer childcare places in September 2017 visit the Hounslow Family Services Directory.
 
Please note that if eligible parents would like their child to start receiving the 30 hours free childcare from this September, they must first apply by visiting www.childcarechoices.gov.uk   Parents must then take their eligibility code to their childcare provider by the end of the current school term or by 31 August if their provider is open all year round.
 
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Good quality childcare can help your child make friends, improve their speech and language, learn new things, prepare them for school and allow them to take part in exciting new activities.
 
"We are committed to providing every child in Hounslow with the best start in life so I would encourage all parents and carers with a three or four-year-old to take advantage of this new free childcare and early education offer."
 
For further information on the 30 hours free childcare please email fis@hounslow.gov.uk or call 020 8583 3470.