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At NannyPaye we are aware that some employers choose a mix of childcare for their children rather than solely relying on the services of a nanny.  Due to this we keep abreast of any announcements that may alter your costs should you also use or be planning to use a Nursery.

One of the key attractions of a Nursery place is the 15 hours of free childcare available, something that is not available for a nanny.  The Government had announced that this 15 hours of free childcare was going to increase to 30 hours from September 2017, however, they have recently announced that this additional 15 hours is now going to be means tested.

To be eligible for the full 30 hours of free childcare, parents will now both need to earn less than £100,000 per year.  If they are eligible (please see full eligibility criteria below), children will get up to a total of 30 hours of free childcare per week during term time, with some providers spreading the hours (1140 hours) over a year.

We encourage employers to consider this change should they be planning/counting on the additional 15 hours of childcare. Feedback from some families has been that they had been planning to reduce their dependence on a nanny from September 2017 but this announcement has meant a rethink of their plans.

Eligibility criteria for additional 15 hours

  1. Both parents are working* (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family).
  2. Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW).
  3. Each parent earns less than £100,000.00 per year.

*Parents considered to be working includes those employed and self-employed.

Age of Child All Entitled to Eligibility Criteria Applies to
Term following 2nd Birthday None. 15 hours childcare for children with disabilities and those in low income families, plus some others.
Term following 3rd Birthday 15 hours childcare (570 hours per year). Additional 15 hours.
4 years 15 hours childcare (570 hours per year). Additional 15 hours.

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