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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Help with the cost of childcare and the free entitlement


Did you know you may be eligible for help towards your childcare costs?


30 Hour Free Childcare

From September 2017 working parents of children aged 3 and 4yrs old could be entitled for up to 30 hours free childcare a week.

Working includes employed persons, self-employed persons, and parents on zero hours contracts who meet the criteria.

A child qualifies for free childcare if they are resident in the England and under compulsory school age:

• Both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average:

• A weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage; and

• Less than £100,000 per year.


Tax-Free Childcare: helping working parents pay for childcare

What is Tax-Free Childcare?

Throughout this year, Tax-Free Childcare, a new UK-wide scheme will become available to around 2 million households. Designed to help working parents with their childcare costs, the scheme allows parents to open an online bank account to pay registered childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay into these accounts, the government will add £2. The money can then be spent on childcare. Parents can receive up to £2,000 in government support per child, per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.


Free childcare for two year olds

Your child may be entitled to a free childcare place for 15 hours a week during school term time.

For more information speak to a member of the Families Information Service on 01642 527225, or alternatively apply online.

                                   Apply online here for your free childcare place                                 


Golden Ticket

If you have received a Golden Ticket this means you are already eligible for a free nursery place and do not need to complete the eligibility form above. You will have received instructions with your Golden Ticket on how to access a free nursery place but if you need further help please contact the Families Information Service on 01642 527225.


Free nursery entitlement for three and four year olds

Three and four year olds are entitled to a free nursery place up to 15 hours per week. Your free entitlement can be used in:

  • Day nurseries, pre-school playgroups or childminders eligible to claim the free entitlement
  • Independent schools
  • LA maintained nurseries within primary schools

If you require more information about the providers in the area or further information on help towards the cost of childcare, please contact the Families Information Service on 01642 527225.


Early Years Pupil Premium

Your chosen school, nursery or childminder may also be able to claim additional funding, through the Early Years Pupil Premium, to support your child’s development, learning and care if you are accessing the free entitlement for three and four year olds and meet certain criteria.

If the family meet at least one of the following criteria your provider will be eligible to claim the additional funding:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Universal Credit
  • Your child has been in local-authority care for one day or more in England and Wales
  • Your child has been adopted from care in England and Wales
  • Your child has left care under a special guardianship or residence order in England or Wales

Please contact your chosen provider for more information and an application form to apply for the funding.


           For more information on childcare in Stockton-on-Tees please click here