Lightwater Nursery School, Lightwater Leisure Centre, 

The Avenue, Lightwater, GU18 5YD


Working parents/carers of 3 and 4 year olds across the country may be eligible for a further 15 hours free childcare in addition to the existing free 15 hours early education entitlement, if they meet the criteria below.


From 1st September 2017, Lightwater Nursery School will be able to start offering the additional 15 hours childcare for eligible parents/carers if we have the space to do so.

The government hopes that additional free childcare will support working parents who are struggling with childcare costs to stay in their jobs, and that parents who are currently out of work will be able to take up employment.


Qualifying criteria


Age of child

As with the existing 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds, children become eligible for the additional 15 hours at the start of the school term after their third birthday. 


Definition of working parents

·       Both parents must be in work, as defined below, and for single parent families, the sole parent must be in work.

·       For the purposes of this scheme, 'in work’ is defined as being in employment (including self-employed) and earning more than the equivalent of the minimum wage for working 16 hours a week. As an example, the current minimum wage is £7.20 per hour for over 25s, so the minimum weekly income to be eligible would be £7.20 x 16 = £115.20.

·       Each parent must also earn less than £100,000 per year.

·       One parent must be 'in work' if the other receives disability benefit or benefits related to caring responsibilities.

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