Currently, the government funds up to 570 hours of free childcare each year for 3 and 4 year olds, and some entitled 2 year olds. Although this is often advertised as ’15 free hours’ the actual calculation works out as 15 hours during term time only (38 weeks of the year). As Honeycroft is open and offers childcare for 49 weeks of the year we spread these hours to cover between 11 and 12 hours per week for the full year.
From September 2017 the government is looking to increase the free childcare offer to an additional 15 hours a week for eligible families. The additional 15 hours of free childcare is available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage.
Once again this allocation is worked out for term time only and hours will need to be stretched to cover Honeycroft’s full year offer. Therefore, from September it is likely that Honeycroft will be able to offer approx. 22 to 24 hrs of free government funded childcare per week to eligible families.
Download our Frequently asked questions about the Early Years Funding Entitlement here.