All children from the age of 3 can access 15 hours of funding for childcare a week (Gov.uk, 2018). From September 2017 the government made it possible for children aged 3 and 4 to have access to 30 hours of free childcare if they were eligible (pacey.org.uk, 2018).
To be able to have access to the free 30 hour funding, parents need to be in work and earning minimum wage for at least 16 hours a week. In the event that parents are unable to work then it is still possible to access the 30 hour funding if they are claiming one of the following benefits (Gov.uk, 2018):
• Incapacity benefit
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Carers’ Allowance
• Employment and support Allowance