30 hours free childcare

30 hours Free Childcare at Bishop’s Primary

From September 2018 the Government funded initiative of 30 hours free childcare for Nursery aged children has been offered on all campuses to children who meet the eligibility criteria. This is offered through partnership working at William Leech campuses and on site at Josephine Butler, James Knott, Grace Darling and Thomas Bewick campuses.  Information for parents about eligibility criteria is available on the Childcare Choices website.

Visits to the provision by parents are welcomed.

Please contact Kerry Gibson (admissions) if you require further information  01670 816111 ext 360.


You will be eligible for the 30-hour funded childcare offer if you earn more than the equivalent of 16 hours of the national living wage or minimum wage per week up to a maximum of ÂŁ100,000 per year.

This applies if you are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract and expect to meet the earning criteria on average over the three months after you have applied for the 30-hours. HMRC will look at data such as your previous earnings to consider whether you are likely to meet the criteria and may contact you for further information if they are unsure

If you are not working but you expect to take up paid work within 14 days, you can still apply for 30 hours, as long as you expect to meet the income criteria over the coming three months.

If you are a single parent and meet the above criteria, you will be eligible for the 30 hours. If you live with a partner, you both must meet the above criteria. This still applies if one of you is not the child’s parent – for example, if you have remarried or have started living with a new partner. If you are separated /divorced from your child’s parent, the eligibility rules will only apply to the parent that the child normally lives with. You will be able to apply for both the 30-hour offer and tax-free childcare using a single application available online here at Childcare Choices.

To complete the application, you will need to provide details such as your name, address and national insurance number, as well as whether you expect to meet the income requirements over the next three months and whether you are in receipt of any benefits. If you live with a partner, you will need to provide the same information for them as well. This will enable HMRC to decide whether your child is eligible for the 30 hours (as well as tax-free childcare).

If you are eligible, you will be given an 11-digit code that you will need to NCEA along with your national insurance number and your child’s birth certificate.

We will then use the government’s eligibility checking system to check the code is valid

You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months and will receive a reminder text message or email from the government before the deadline. If you give false information about your eligibility, you could be fined up to £3000.

We look forward to welcoming your child if you meet the eligibility criteria.