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This consultation is now closed. The final date for feedback was 13 January 2017.

From September 2017 the government will increase the amount of free childcare for 3 and 4 year old children of working parents. The free entitlement will increase from 15 hours to 30 hours per week. Working parents will be able to access the increased free entitlement from the term after their child's third birthday.

This survey is for anyone who has a child age under 5 years old

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • All parents in the household (lone of both) must be in work, as defined below.
  • For the purposes of this scheme, 'in work' is defined as being in employment (including self-employed, maternity leave, adoption leave and long term sick leave) and earning as a minimum the equivalent of the minimum wage for working 16 hours a week. As an example, the current minimum wage is £7.20 per hour for over 25s, so the minimum weekly income to be eligible would be £7.20 x 16 = £115.20 per week.
  • Each parent must earn less than £100,000 per year
  • One parent must be 'in work' if the other received disability benefit or benefits related to caring responsibilities.

The purpose of this survey is to understand how parents are currently using childcare arrangements and how the increase in free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds might impact on the need for childcare across Torbay. We would like to hear about your views and experiences of using childcare and this feedback will help us to plan and deliver the increased free early education entitlement to working families across Torbay. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.