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Blackpool - Children and families

Services for children and families in Blackpool


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Provides a free impartial information and signposting service on all aspects of family life for parents of children and young people aged 0-25.
We can also help if you are having difficulty finding suitable childcare.
Telephone: 01253 477854

From the term after your child turns two, he or she might be able to have up to 15 hours per week free flexible childcare, for 38 weeks  per year. This is called the Free Early Education Entitlement

You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following:

  • Working Tax Credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run on' - the payment you may receive for a further 4  weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment or Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit - provided you have an annual income of no more than 16,190
  • Universal Credit – For places starting in the summer term of 2018 (on or after 1st April 2018), or any subsequent term, if a parent is entitled to Universal Credit they must have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £15,400
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The 'Guaranteed' Element of the State Pension Credit
  • Child receives disability living allowance
  • Child has a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or is on an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC )plan
  • Child is looked after by a Local Authority
  • Child has left the care of a Local Authority through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order

You can complete on an application online or call us on 01253 477854 if you need more help.

All three and four year olds have the opportunity to access 570 hours per year of free childcare provision. This can be taken as 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year or can be spread over more weeks by taking fewer hours per week.

Children will receive a free entitlement place from the term after their third birthday.

You will need to choose an eligible provider and agree attendance days and times. The provider will give you a registration form that you will need to complete in order that they can claim the appropriate funding from Blackpool Council.

For working parents an extended offer is available to give upto 30 hours free childcare. To qualify both parents need to be working (or sole parent for lone parent family) and each parent earns a weekly minimum wage or living wage and less than £100,000 per year.

If you think you are eligible for the extended hours offer you can apply and check your eligiblity online

You should apply the term before you wish your eligiblity to start.

If you are eligible you will receive a reference number which you will need to give to your chosen childcare provider.

There are some exceptions and the extended offer is not available if:

  • Both parents are employed but one is temporily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave
  • Both parents are employed but one is temporily away from the workplace on adoption leave
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsiblities on specific benefits received for caring
  • One parent is employed and one is parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits
  • You are a single parent and any of the above apply

Blackpool Council children's centres act as a one-stop shop for a variety of services.
They are somewhere your child can make friends and learn as they play.  A place you can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just drop in for a coffee and a chat.

Blackpool currently has nine children’s centres and you can go to any one of these for:

  • Childcare, play and early learning
  • Expert advice, healthcare, parenting, family support and support for children with disabilities
  • Brushing up on your skills and learning new ones (including taking qualifications)
  • Breastfeeding advice and support
  • Links to training and job opportunities
  • Advice on budgeting and finance
  • Parent and toddler groups, messy play sessions and much more
  • Family fun and making and meeting friends
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