Who Can Apply/Am I Eligible?

Childcare Offer Home Page

1.  What is the Childcare Offer

2. When can I apply and access the Offer? 

3. Who Can Apply/Am I Eligible

4. Exceptions to Eligibility

5. Holiday Entitlement

6. List of Childcare Providers registered for the Childcare Offer

7. Childcare Offer Contact Details

8. Online Application

 

 

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To access the childcare element of the offer parents and guardians must:

-Be employed or self-employed. Both parents must be working in a two parent family, or the sole parent in a lone parent family. Where parents have separated, the parent with primary custody will be eligible to take up the offer (if they meet the eligibility criteria). Where parents share equal custody one parent will need to be nominated as the lead parent for the offer.

-Earn a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) (at the current 21-24 NMW and NLW rate respectively).

-Parents who earn the equivalent of 16 hours wk or more (NMW/NLW), but less than £100k per year.

 

Parents will need to prove they are working a minimum of 16 hours a week (or equivalent), through their earnings. 

Where parents have separated but do not share equal custody of the child, the parent with primary custody will be eligible to take up the offer (if they meet the eligibility criteria).  Where parents share equal custody, one parent will need to be nominated as the lead parent for the offer. 

Parents, guardians, step-parents and live-in parents will all need to meet the eligibility criteria in order for a child living within the household to be able to take up the offer. 

 

Parental Leave

Parents on parental leave can apply for the childcare offer if they meet the eligibility criteria prior to statutory parental leave.  Eligibility for the childcare offer, however, is only during the period of statutory parental leave. 

What happens if I or my partner loses our job?

Should a parent fall out of eligibility, a temporary exemption period of 8 weeks will be granted during which they will be able to continue to access the offer.