30 hours of free childcare available

News from: Reading Borough Council

Parents with a child who is three or four years old may now be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, so 30 hours in total. You must earn the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum or Living wage, and less than £100,000 per year, to take advantage of the new initiative. Parents can check their eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

All three and four-year-olds are currently entitled to 15 hours a week of free childcare, and this will continue in tandem with the new scheme. The government is also introducing a scheme called Tax-Free Childcare which can be applied for along with the extra 15 hours through a single online form.

To find out which providers are going to be offering the free 30 hours childcare in Reading, please visit www.reading.gov.uk/fis or email fis@reading.gov.uk.

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