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Working parents of nine-month-olds can apply for funded childcare

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Published Time: 12.05.2024 - 10:40:23 Modified Time: 12.05.2024 - 10:40:23

Rollout marks a significant step in the Government’s expanded offer and will see support increase to 30 hours a week by September 2025 Working parents of children older than nine months can now apply for funded childcare starting from September this year

Rollout marks a significant step in the Government’s expanded offer and will see support increase to 30 hours a week by September 2025

Working parents of children older than nine months can now apply for funded childcare starting from September this year.

It marks the second step of the Government’s expanded childcare offer for working families of younger children in England. Parents of two-year-olds have been able to access 15 hours of funded childcare since last month. 

This will be extended from September, with applications opening on Sunday for those whose children reach that age by August 31.

Parents can apply for their eligibility code via the childcare service, which they then take to their chosen childcare provider to validate. The full rollout will see support increase to 30 hours a week by September 2025.

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said: “Last year we promised the biggest ever expansion in childcare provision in history and we are delivering. Over 210,000 children have already benefited from 15 hours of government-funded care and parents of nine-month-olds can apply from today. 

“Our full expansion will save parents an average of £6,900 a year, meaning no parent has to choose between their career and caring for their child.”

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