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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 and it is paid for by the Government.
You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following:
If you think your child may be eligible you need to complete the application form or call 01253 477854 for further details.
All families with a 3 and 4-year-old child are entitled to the universal offer of free early education of up to 570 hours taken throughout the year.
The entitlement for working parents is 1,140 hours per year, such as:
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.
Entitlement for additional 15 hours
There are additional funded hours available for working parents.
An eligibility criteria applies - Not all 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to the additional 15 hours.
In general, families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) are not be eligible for these additional hours.
To be eligible both parents need to be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year.
There are some exceptions to this; so you may be eligible if:
How to apply
You can apply for both the tax-free childcare and the 30-hour entitlement at the same time. Visit Childcare Choices website for more information
After your application