Working parents of two-year-olds can now access free childcare

Working parents of two-year-olds can now access free childcare

As a father of two young boys, I know how challenging it can be at times to raise children.
Having access to affordable and high-quality childcare empowers parents to make decisions that are right for them and their families.

That is why I am proud to stand by this government’s recent reforms to expand childcare to 150,000 extra working families.

Working parents of two-year-olds can now access 15 hours of free childcare, which will expand to nine-month-olds in September. If we stick to the plan, in September next year this free childcare allowance will double to 30 hours a week.
For the most vulnerable families, this government is also expanding childcare benefits. If you are on Universal Credit with children under 17, you could be covered for up to 85% of childcare costs, whereas those receiving Tax-free Childcare could be covered for up to 70% of costs.

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Supporting childcare providers also plays an essential role in expanding the availability of childcare. That’s why the government has increased the hourly rates paid to providers of free childcare, paying £204 million this year, increasing to £288 million by 2024-25, with further increases to follow each year.

To encourage the expansion of childcare facilities, the government is also introducing childminders grants, which amounts to £600 for those registering with Ofsted and £1,200 for those registering with a childminder agency. If you are a childcare provider and would like to find out more and access promotional materials related to the expanded benefits, please visit the Childcare Choices website.

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