Additional hours of free childcare to be introduced next year

Additional hours of free childcare are being introduced by East Sussex County Council next year and the council is seeking feedback on how they should be used.east_sussex_county_council_web

Currently all three to four-year-olds receive 15 hours of free childcare a week during term time, but the new system would extend this to 30 hours for working parents.

It says the experiences of parents and carers will help shape the way additional free childcare is provided.

The additional hours are available to families in which:

  • both parents are working and each parent earns, on average, less than £100,000
  • a sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • weekly earnings are equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW)

Fiona Wright, the county council’s assistant director for education said: “We are hoping the feedback given by parents and carers will ensure that the way in which the extended free childcare is offered works for those who need it.

“The information we receive may also help us to improve current childcare provision.”

A consultation, which is open until Friday, July 8, asks for views on how places might be delivered more flexibly, provision for children with special educational need or disabilities and information about childcare for parents.

The survey is anonymous and the council says all answers will be confidential. To find a link to the survey visit the East Sussex County Council website here.

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