Working parents of three and four year olds may be able to extend their funded childcare from the standard 15 to 30 hours under new government plans.
During February the council’s childcare team will be surveying parents of three and four year olds to help the team understand the potential demand for additional hours.
The survey comes as the new entitlement will allow parents who work a minimum of 16 hours per week to apply to HMRC to claim an additional 15 hours of funded childcare, totalling 30 hours per week during term time.
The scheme will be implemented from September 2017 with the HMRC portal opening in the spring to allow parents to apply for the additional 15 hours.
Parents can complete the survey by visiting www.dudley.gov.uk
Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services, said:
“I’m pleased such a worthwhile scheme is being implemented providing much needed support for working parents.
“It’s really important parents help us determine demand for places across the borough by completing the survey.
“We’ll continue updating parents and providers as we move towards the opening of the HMRC portal to ensure its clear what they need to do.”
The parent survey is open until 28 February 2017.
To find out more about extra time for threes and fours visit www.dudley.gov.uk