Views sought over introduction of 30 hours free childcare

THE VIEWS of parents/carers of children aged four years and under are being sought about the introduction of 30 hours free childcare in the borough.

OldhamCouncil_164_200Currently all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours free childcare per week, which is delivered by school nurseries, private nurseries/pre-schools and childminders.

From September 2017 eligible parents will be able to access double this amount, providing working parents with a maximum of 30 hours free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year.

Every local authority has a duty to ensure there is enough childcare in their area for working parents or those in training.

The survey will provide vital information to ensure Oldham Council has a variety of childcare options in place to be able to offer 30 hours free childcare to eligible parents.

The council wants to hear your views to enable then to anticipate the likely level of take-up of the extended free entitlement so they can plan to meet your needs.

The information will allow the council to assess if there are likely to be enough childcare places available for parents/carers to take up their entitlement.

All answers will be treated confidentially and information will not be shared with any third parties. To take part in the survey go online onto: www.oldham.gov.uk/30hrparentsurvey

The closing date for responses is Friday 21 April.

If you have any questions or require further information contact Early Years and Childcare Services on earlyyearsandchildcareservices@oldham.gov.uk or 0161 770 1857.

 

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