Are you eligible to receive 30 funded hours for your 3 or 4 year old?

All Tops Day Nurseries in Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset will accept children using 30 hours funded care.

Local authorities have released the criteria for eligible parents to receive the 30 hours funding. Please check the criteria below to see if you comply.

Dorset: Children must be 3 or 4 years old by 31 March 2017 to be eligible from 1 April 2017.

Hampshire: Children must be 3 or 4 years old by 31st August 2017 to be eligible from 1st September 2017.

Somerset: Children must be 3 or 4 years old by 31st August 2017 to be eligible from 1st September 2017.

 To be eligible, you (and your partner if you have one), must either:

  • each expect to earn at least £115 a week or work* more than 16 hours at the National Living Wage, or each expect to earn at least £111 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.
  • each expect to earn at least £61.92 a week if you’re under 18, £84.80 a week if you’re aged 18 to 20 or £52.80 a week if you’re an apprentice (either under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship)

*Work includes employed and self-employed persons.

Further eligibility conditions for you and your partner (if you have one)

  • must live in England
  • expect to have an income of less than £100,000 each a year
  • if unemployed, you and your partner must become employed within 14 days of applying
  • if your child is in reception at school, you can’t get free childcare. Once your child is of compulsory school age, they’re no longer eligible

If you don’t have a partner then all the conditions above just apply to you.

Circumstances where you may still be eligible:

You can still apply for 30 hours funded childcare if you or your partner are:

  • taking paid time off work, such as maternity leave, paternity leave or sick leave
  • temporarily away from England for a period of up to 6 months, such as if you’re in the military (on duty)
  • already getting Universal Credit or tax credits

You can also still apply for 30 hours funded childcare if either you or your partner are employed or self-employed and one of you gets one or more of the following benefits:

  • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit or long-term Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • National Insurance credits because of incapacity or limited capability for work
  • you’ve been assessed as having limited capability for work for Universal Credit purpose

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