Brighton & Hove City Council wishes to find out whether parents with pre-school children would be interested in more free childcare to lower their childcare costs or to enable them to increase their hours of work.
All parents of three and four year old children are already entitled to up to 15 hours a week free childcare. From September 2017 the Government intends to double the offer to 30 hours a week for working parents.
In order to understand demand and help plan for the national roll out, the council is asking parents and carers with children four years and under to complete a short survey.
The survey can be accessed on the council’s website: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/childcare-survey.
The survey closes on 17 July 2016.
All parents who complete the survey have a chance of winning a £50 shopping voucher.
Eligibility for the free entitlement will include households where:
- both parents are working – or one parent is working in lone parent families – and earning the equivalent of 16 hours per week on national minimum wage and less than £100,000 per year.
- both parents are employed but one or both of them are temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave.
- both parents are employed but one or both of them are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay.
- one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring.
- one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on specific benefits.
Parents will remain eligible for the free entitlement if they access tax credits, universal credit, tax-free childcare and other childcare schemes to help pay for any additional childcare they need in addition to their free entitlement.