30 hours free early learning and childcare

From September 2017, the Government is extending the free early learning and childcare entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year olds from 15 hours to 30 hours a week.

The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and where each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage, and earns less than £100,000 per year.

As a parent or carer, you may also be entitled to national benefits and tax credits to help you pay for additional childcare. If you are working, your employer may also offer you childcare vouchers.

Tell us what you think about 30 hours in our survey

We want to understand how many parents and carers in Kent will want to take up their extra free hours and where extra childcare may be needed across the county.

If your children are between 2 and 4 years old, we want to hear from you about the childcare you currently use and what you might do differently if you had extra hours of free childcare.  We’ll also be sharing your comments with Kent childcare providers.

Complete our anonymous 30 hours survey