Families residing in Bradford are being strongly advised not to miss out on the opportunity to benefit from 15 hours of government-funded childcare support commencing April 2024.

Starting in April 2024, working parents will have access to assistance with their childcare expenses, kickstarting with a 15-hour childcare support program for 2-year-olds.

This novel initiative is an expansion of the prevailing entitlement for working families, whereby families with three and four-year-olds already receive 30 hours of childcare support.

Parents and caregivers with a two-year-old can apply for the updated working families entitlement, effective from the term following their child’s second birthday.

The deadline for families to apply for their code is March 31, with the provision becoming active from April 1, 2024.

For those with children turning two after March 31, eligibility codes can be applied for from June 2024, facilitating access to funded hours commencing September 1, 2024.

The 15 hours can be utilized at all approved two-year-old providers, spanning day nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, and schools.

This marks the inaugural phase of a comprehensive rollout of the government’s expanded childcare support.

In addition to the existing Terrific Twos initiative, which currently offers 15 hours of childcare to qualifying families of two-year-olds, Bradford families are urged to ascertain their eligibility for additional childcare assistance.

To check eligibility and register for the updated working families entitlement, families can visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

For families already engaged in childcare for their two-year-olds, liaising with their providers will facilitate access to the funded hours.

The incremental introduction of childcare expansion is anticipated to culminate by September 2025, wherein most working families with children below the age of five will be entitled to 30 hours of funded childcare.

  • From April 2024, eligible working parents of 2-year-olds will access 15 hours of childcare support.
  • From September 2024, this support extends to eligible working parents of children aged 9 months to 3 years.
  • From September 2025, eligible working parents with children aged 9 months to school age will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare weekly.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment, and skills, said; “The expansion of childcare support really is going to make a significant difference to the lives of working families and their young children.

“I urge parents and carers to visit the Childcare Choices website to apply, find out if you can access other support and sign up to receive the latest updates.

“You can also speak to the Bradford Council’s Early Education and Childcare team for advice.

“We don’t want any family to miss out on the chance to access additional childcare support.”

To enrol in the new 15 hours of childcare for working families and explore additional childcare support, visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. For more details, visit the Bradford Families and Young Persons Information website (FYI) at www.bradford.gov.uk/ChildcareSupport.

For inquiries, contact the Bradford Council’s Early Education and Childcare team via the online form or call the Bradford Council switchboard on 01274 437503 to be referred to the team.