The Spinney Children's Centre

Funding for Childcare

Free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds

In England all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare and early education a week for up to 38 weeks a year. This is to give children the opportunity to take part in planned learning activities, and help prepare them for school through the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a universal offer and is available to all children regardless of their family circumstances.

The government is proposing to increase the free hours from 15 to 30 a week from September 2017. However, this will only be made available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum wage (NMW) or National Living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year.


For more information click here.

Choices for Childcare

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. 

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

Please click on this link to find out whether you are eligible to apply for help with childcare costs.