Extended entitlement for working parents
To make childcare more affordable for working parents, the government has increased free early education entitlement for three and four year olds. Parents can now claim from 15 up to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year, if they are eligible.
This extended entitlement is equivalent to an additional 570 hours of childcare over the year.
To give parents and carers choice and flexibility, providers should offer the entitlement within the following parameters:
- No session to be longer than ten hours
- No minimum session length
- No session before 6am or after 8pm
- A maximum of two childcare providers in a single day.
Am I eligible?
Access to the extended 30 hour entitlement will depend on your individual family circumstances.
Find a 30 hour childcare provider
Choosing a suitable childcare provider can be difficult, that’s why we have identified all the providers in Wigan borough taking part in the 30 hours scheme to make it easier for you. See our list below and look out for the 30 hours indicator.
You can also search by Ofsted rating, location and school and nursery pick-ups, allowing you to find a suitable provider for all your family needs.
View the feedback (external link) received from parents accessing 30 hours free childcare in Wigan.
Can I get further help with my childcare costs?
The government has developed a number of new ways to help parents with their childcare costs for children of all ages.