All Local Authorities have a new requirement to secure an additional 15 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year old children of eligible working parents.
This will come into effect from September 2017 and will provide the eligible parents with a total 30 hours of free childcare per week, over 38 weeks.
The aim of the 30 hours free childcare is to support and enable parents back into employment or to work extra hours, supporting an improvement in the standard of living for parents and children.
The 30 hours free childcare is available through all formal childcare providers as outlined below:
registered childminder, playscheme, nursery or club
childminder with an Ofsted-registered childminding agency
home careworker working for a registered home care agency
You can find you out more about the eligibility criteria required for the additional 15 hours free childcare here
As part of securing this additional childcare we are currently consulting with parents to gain a better understanding of the current and future childcare use, and to help gauge what the future demand could be for the additional 15 hours free childcare.
Why We Are Consulting
We wish to hear from all parents with children aged four or under about their current use of childcare provision and their future use.
We are particularly keen to hear from you if you are currently:
accessing the existing 15 hours free childcare;
not accessing the existing 15 hours free childcare but may do in the future;
only using informal childcare, for example a relative looking after your child/ren; but considering using formal childcare in the future to access free childcare;
live outside the borough but access formal childcare within Barnet.
What Happens Next
This questionnaire has now closed and the council is currently analysing the results.