There is great news for working parents in and around Goole who will find managing the cost of childcare a lot easier from next year when an additional 15 hours of free childcare will be rolled out for eligible families.
Goole and the rest of the East Riding has been chosen to pilot the new scheme, which will see extended free childcare entitlement for working parents of three and four-year-olds, providing eligible parents with a total of 30 hours of free childcare per week.
It will be rolled out from September 2017 and is in addition to the existing 15 hours of free early education which is available to all three and four-year-olds.
Chosen by the Department of Education to be an early innovator of the programme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be developing and trying out ideas ahead of the full rollout, including working with childcare providers and schools to help ensure there are enough childcare places available. To help plan for this, the council is carrying out surveys with parents, carers, childcare providers and schools to help determine how many childcare places are currently available in the East Riding, and the potential demand for additional hours.
Councillor Julie Abraham told us: “The entitlement to extra hours of free childcare should make a major difference for many hardworking Goole families by helping them to manage the cost of childcare and support parents into work, or to work more hours if they wish to do so.”
For more information visit the FISH website at www.fish.eastriding.gov.uk
To take part in the parental survey, deadline date July 15, 2016, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M9GP3WH