Today the Government finally published it’s new website to inform parents of the various options that are available to support them with the costs of childcare. Various updates have been circulated to early years providers, so here is one to share with you all from http://www.foundationyears.org.uk
“Childcare Choices, the cross-government childcare brand and campaign has launched today, providing parents with a single point of information for all the government funded childcare offers, including the two new offers: 30hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare.
Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support.
Millions of parents can pre-register from today for the government’s new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 – cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.
On top of this, from September this year parents of three and four year old children living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.
The Childcare Choices website includes a Childcare Calculator (www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator) for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families.
Through the site parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.”
Many parents have complained that there has been very limited information about the various strands available, and it has been hard to make any plans so far. However, now things should be a little clearer and we will certainly be on hand to help with information as much as we can.