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Working families of three and four year olds are entitled to an extra 15 hours of free childcare. This is on top of the existing 15 hours of free early education for all parents of three and four year olds, and some two year olds.
You will be eligible if you and your partner are seeking the free childcare to enable you to continue working and :
Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work, they are assessed as though they are in paid work.
Where you are in a ‘start-up period’ (you are newly self-employed), you do not need to demonstrate that you meet the income criteria for 12 months.
If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds.
You will not meet the criteria when:
You will receive a ‘grace period’ – this means you will be able to keep your childcare for a short period.
Once the ‘grace period’ has lapsed, you should be entitled to the universal 15-hour entitlement.
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