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Choosing childcare

Families use childcare for many reasons - to help you work, look for jobs, train or study or just take time out, and to help your child’s development. To find out more about the types of childcare plus what to look out for when visiting…

Childcare Choices

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs.  Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.   15 hours free childcare for 2 year olds For families in England, receiving some forms of support With 2-year-old children 15 hours of…

Tax Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare are new government schemes to help parents with the cost of childcare. Both schemes can be applied for through a single online application – the childcare service. See the attached  link to the right for more information.  …

Free Early Education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to free early education and childcare for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks a year.  Additional hours can be accessed at a fee and depending on the individual setting. To give parents and carers choice and…

30 hours free childcare – Extended Entitlement for Working Parents

3-4 year old 30 hours The government is aiming to make childcare more affordable for working parents. They will do this by increasing free early education from 15 up to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year for some 3 and 4…

Free Early Education and Childcare for 2 Year Olds

Did you know that some children who are aged two years of age can access 15 hours of free early education and childcare? Currently the criteria for 2-year-olds in England to get free early education and Childcare is the following: All two years old who…

How to access your 30 hour and Tax-Free Childcare account with HMRC

Whether you have applied for 30 hours free childcare, a Tax-Free Childcare account or both with HMRC you will need access to your account from time to time. This could be to view your 30 hour, 11 digit eligibility code or to read a secure…

Admission to Primary School

Children can start in Reception class the September after their 4th birthday.  You can register your child at any Wigan Primary School, no later than the beginning of November before the child is due to start school the following September. This is not an application for…

How do I apply for the extended 3-4 year old 30 hour entitlement?

From September 2017, qualifying working parents will be entitled to increase their entitlement of 3-4 year old free childcare up to an additional 15 hours. This is equivalent to an additional 570 hours over the year. The 15 hour universal free childcare is not dependant…

Start Well Family Centres (Sure Start Children's Centres)

Start Well Family Centres provide support and activities to help parents, carers and childcare providers give children under five the 'best start in life'. These include: Childcare Early education and play Health services Information and advice about children’s services Parenting support. Where are they? There are…
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