30-hour free childcare consultation and opportunities in Kirklees
April 19, 2016
This week, the Department for Education (DfE) has opened a consultation on the how the 30-hour free childcare entitlement - for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds - should be delivered. Views are being sought on how this will respond to, and meet, the needs of working parents. The DfE is especially interested in views on:
how places might be delivered more flexibly
provision for children with special education needs and disabilities
the role and responsibilities of local authorities in securing places
The government has also requested local authorities provide them with some information about the resources they may need to support implementation of the policy. As a result we are bringing forward the opportunity for Kirklees schools and childcare providers to express an interest in creating new places to meet the associated new demand.
Every primary school and childcare provider in Kirklees has been sent further details about this opportunity with a deadline of 24th April to express an interest.
Did you know?
The 30 hours is the existing 15 hours free early education plus a new extra 15 hours from September 2017.
The additional 15 hours of free childcare will be available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family) and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage and earns less than £100,000 a year.
No school or childcare provider will be forced to offer “30 hours free childcare” but opportunities will exist.
Around half of families who will be eligible will already be paying for additional hours and therefore already have a place.
An early indication of expected new demand and potential gaps in places has been shared with all primary schools and childcare providers.