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30 hours of free childcare - have your say

We're keen for all working parents to let us know their views about Government proposals to introduce 30 hours of free childcare per week.

The survey - which will help us ensure that free childcare is available in the right places and at the right time - can be found here.

The background to this is that at present all 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to 570 hours of Government-funded childcare per year.

From September 2017, children of working parents in Cambridgeshire will be entitled to an additional 570 hours per year, meaning that many families will be able to claim 1140 hours of free childcare per year or 30 hours per term-time week for each of their 3 or 4-year-olds.

This means each child will get 30 hours of free childcare per week if taken during school term time, or 22.8 hours per week if the entitlement is 'stretched' across 50 weeks of the year.

The Government hopes that additional free childcare will support working parents who are struggling with childcare costs to stay in their jobs, and that parents who are currently out of work will be able to take up employment.

As with the existing 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4-year-olds, children become eligible for the additional 15 hours at the start of the school term after their third birthday. 




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