Eligibility Criteria for 30 Hours
Each parent (or the sole parent in a single parent family) will need to earn on average £139 per week (the equivalent of 16 hours on the National Minimum Wage per week), but no more than £100,000 a year each.
A family with an annual household income of £199,999 would be eligible if each parent earns just under £100,000.
Self-employed parents and parents on zero-hour contracts will be eligible if they meet the average earnings threshold.
Parents can still be eligible if they usually work but:
- one or both parents are away from work on statutory sick pay
- one or both parents are on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave.
In addition, parents are eligible if one parent is employed, but the other:
- has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits for caring
- is disabled or incapacitated based on specific benefits.
Parents who work less than 16 hours a week
Eligibility is based on income earned, not hours worked. If a parent works for less than 16 hours, but in that time, earns more than the equivalent of 16 hours per week at national living wage (or minimum wage for under 25s), they will still be eligible.
All 3 and 4 year olds will remain entitled to 15 hours of early education per week during term time, regardless of the employment status of their parent(s).