Working parents/carers of 3 and 4 year olds in York may be eligible for a further 15 hours free childcare in addition to the existing free 15 hours early education entitlement, if they meet certain criteria. From 1st September 2016, providers across York will be able to start to offer the additional 15 hours childcare for eligible parents/carers where they have the space to do so.We are pleased to confirm that the online checker for parents/carers for the extended free childcare entitlement is now live and can be completed online.
Parents/carers wishing to access the additional 15 hours from September 2016 will be required to complete a self declaration, confirming they meet the national and local eligibility criteria. You will then receive a letter from the LA either confirming that you are eligible for the extended entitlement or requesting that you submit relevant evidence in order for the LA to check your eligibility. If the checks confirm that you are eligible you will receive a letter containing a voucher code which you will be required to give to your provider, as evidence that you are eligible for the extended free childcare entitlement.
The extended free childcare entitlement will be available to parents/carers of three- and four-year-olds in York where:
If you are eligible for the extended entitlement, you can take up to 1140 hours free childcare across the year. This can be taken term time only or ‘stretched’ across the year, as follows:
As part of the pilot, we want to explore the different patterns of take up that parents/carers may want to access and the ability of our early year’s providers to deliver particular types of flexible provision. Flexibility options will therefore need to be discussed with your chosen early years provider as the range of models and their availability will vary across the city.
Not all providers may be able to offer the stretched offer, the full 30 hours per week or the particular pattern of provision that you require however, you can split your entitlement across more than one provider.
During the pilot you will be able to access your free childcare:
If you take more than 30 hours per week (or the equivalent of 1140 hours per year), there will be a charge from the provider for the additional hours. Please check with your provider for details of these and any other additional charges such as for meals, snacks or additional services.