Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds could reduce their childcare costs with up to 30 hours free childcare thanks to a government scheme.
Every 3 and 4 year old is entitled to up to 15 hours free early education over 38 weeks the term after their third birthday, but working parents could be entitled to an additional 15 hours as well. More than one childcare provider can be used and additional hours could be taken in and out of term time.
Childcare providers can include private or school nurseries, playgroups, childminders and clubs that are registered with Ofsted and Coventry City Council.
By heading online to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk parents can check whether they are eligible for the extra 15 hours. If they are, an eligibility code will be provided. This will need to be done the term before parents would like to use the additional hours.
Once parents have the code, they should take it, along with their national insurance number and child's date of birth, to a childcare provider. The provider will discuss with the parents what they can offer.
However, parents should be aware that childcare providers may charge you for additional services such as meals, nappies or outings.
If parents already have an eligibility code, they should remember to reconfirm within 3 months of receiving the code.
In order to use the hours in September, parents are encouraged to register before 31 July 2018 the final deadline being August 31 2018. More information can be found online at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk