1. Who qualifies?
- Both you and your partner (if you have one) work
- You’re on sick, annual leave, parental, paternity or adoption leave
- If you or partner are expected to earn over £100,000 in the current tax year, you will not be eligible.
- If you don’t meet these criterias, you will still qualify for the 15 hours free childcare from when your child is 3 years old until he / she starts school
2. wHEN DOES THE SCHEME START?
- April 2024: Children two years and up will benefit from 15 hours free childcare a week.
- September 2024: Children from nine months up will benefit from 15 free hours of childcare a week.
- September 2025: All children from nine months up will benefit from 30 hours free childcare
3. WHICH CHILDCARE PROVIDER FALL UNDER THE SCHEME?
- Registered nurseries and pre-schools,
- Registered childminders
4. SO HOW DOES THIS WORK IF I WANT TO HIRE A NANNY?
- Your nanny would need to be OFSTED registered for you to be able to benefit of the scheme
- To date, very few nannies are OFSTED registered, we can help you / them apply for the right documentation. In summary, they would need to complete (if they don’t have it already) some childcare qualification / training, apply to be under the scheme and subscribe to a specific insurance.
- It is expected that the costs are incurred by the families (about £200 per year)