Cambridgeshire parents of three and four-year-olds have until the end of the month (31 August) to register for 30 hours free childcare.
From 1 September 2017 30 hours free childcare (extended entitlement) will be available for working parents, doubling the current universal entitlement of 15 hours free childcare.
Parents who want to take up this entitlement from September 2017 need to register via www.childcarechoices.gov.uk by 31 August to receive an eligibility code that is verified by their chosen childcare provider.
Codes issued after this date cannot be used to access free childcare until the start of the next term (1 January 2018). Once your child turns three, if you have confirmed your eligibility, you can start claiming from the beginning of the following term, i.e. 1 April, 1 September or 1 January.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Family Information Directory has information about nurseries, childminders, pre-schools and other childcare providers and you can search for providers in your area who are offering extended entitlement (30 hours) places. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/childcare-and-early-learning/childcare-information/
Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s committee, said, “The new 30 hours free childcare entitlement provides financial help for working parents, including those who are self-employed. So far almost half of the eligible families in Cambridgeshire have registered for 30 hours free childcare and we want to ensure that all working families who would like to do so claim this entitlement. Parents can also use our Family Information Directory to find out about childcare providers in your area who can offer 30 hours free childcare places.”