The government have announced upcoming changes to childcare support.
Major changes starting from April 2024 will make it easier for parents to afford childcare and move into or take on more paid work. By September 2025, working parents with children aged 9 months old to when they start school will be eligible for 30 hours childcare support.
The changes are being introduced gradually to make sure that providers can meet the needs of more families. This means that:
From April 2024, working parents of 2-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours childcare support.
From September 2024, 15 hours childcare support will be extended to working parents of children from the age of 9 months to 3-year-olds.
From September 2025, working parents of children under the age of 5 will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare a week.
Like the existing offer, depending on your provider, these hours can be used over 38 weeks of the year (during school term time), or up to 52 weeks if you use fewer than your total hours per week.