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Free Childcare – Register before 31 August

by prestwichfocus on 8 August, 2017

Bury Council is urging parent to take advantage of extra childcare and help with costs when a new system starts in September.

The Government has changed the rules which means that eligible working parents will be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare per week, double the current total, for 3 and 4 year olds. (Eligible broad means both parents working, or one parent in single part households – exact details here.)

They can also apply to set up an online Tax Free Childcare account, into which they can save money to pay for other childcare costs, which the Government will top up depending on how much you save.

Places start in September 2017 for children who turned 3 during summer term (1 April to 31 August) or earlier and have parents who meet the eligibility criteria.

Parents must have obtained an eligibility code by 31 August in order to claim their additional hours (extra entitlement) from September 2017. They are advised to apply in the term before their child would start their free childcare place/hours.

So far, 100 childcare providers in Bury have said they will be delivering the additional funded hours and 136 have signed up to receive payments from a Tax Free Childcare account. These include school nurseries, private nurseries, childminders and pre-school play groups across the borough.

For all the details about the changes to the childcare scheme, visit

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