Parents urged to fill out survey regarding 30 hours free childcare plans

Barnsley Council is seeking the views of parents of two, three and four-year-olds across the borough.

In September 2017 the Government is introducing 30 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds and Barnsley Council needs to plan for any increase in the demand for childcare.

Currently, all three and four-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week during term time. The additional 15 hours will help families by reducing the cost of childcare and will be available to:

  • Families where both parents are working,
  • lone parents (sole parent in the household) that are working,
  • those parents that are self-employed,
  • those on a national living wage and whose earnings are less than £100,000 per year
  • parents on zero hours contracts who meet one of the above criteria.

Parents and any partner, must each expect to earn, on average, at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) in order to be eligible for the 30 hours free childcare.

People who are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or unable to work because they are disabled or have caring responsibilities, could still be eligible.

The short survey includes questions on what factors influence a choice of provider, how people would prefer to access the 30 hours, and the types of provider parents and carers will be using.

The survey is available at on the council's consultation site http://consult.barnsley.gov.uk/portal or via this link  https://goo.gl/uns78T until 31 December.

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