Dorset families could miss out on up to 30 hours free childcare

The deadline is approaching to claim up to 30 hours free childcare from September and many Dorset families are at risk of missing out. Eligible parents of 3 and 4-year-olds need to apply and get their eligibility code by 31 August in order to claim from September.

Most working parents, whether they work part or full-time hours, will be eligible to claim up to 30 hours free childcare. However, if they miss the deadline they won’t be able to claim until the following term (January 2019).

Parents can use the hours with childcare providers who are signed up to offer the scheme, including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and out-of-school clubs.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said: “It is important that all eligible parents apply or reconfirm their eligibility before the deadline to ensure they get the childcare that can support their family lives.”

Almost 200 parents who are already claiming 30 hours free childcare also need to reconfirm their eligibility before 31 August to continue receiving the funding. To reconfirm, parents need to sign in to their online childcare account.