The Government wants YOUR views on its plans to offer 30 hours of free childcare...
We've been contacted by the Department of Education because they want to hear YOUR views about the Government's plan to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds
At the moment, all parents working the equivalent of 16 hours a week (up to a maximum salary of £100,000 a year) are eligible for 15 hours free childcare for a 3 to 4 year-old. And the Government has now pledge to double that to 30 free hours.
Before that happens, though, there's going to a public consultation about how exactly to deliver the extended entitlement. And that means you can have your say!
The Department of Education has asked us to say: "We are encouraging parents to get involved and take part in the consultation which seeks mums' and dads' views on some of the key elements of the operation and delivery of the 30-hour extended free entitlement.
"This includes how the entitlement will be delivered, and how it will meet and be responsive to the needs of working parents who may be working all sorts of shift patterns."
You can take part in the consultation by sharing your views and opinions on the Government's site here.
Or you can add a post to this thread and tell us what you think right here on MadeForMums Chat – and we'll then pass it on to the Government for you.
You could tell us, for example, if it would help you to have the entitlement to free childcare stretched to run all year round, rather than just during term-time.
Or if you think the offer should be provided from 6am to 8pm to better suit shift-working parents.
Or anything else you'd like the Government to bear in mind when it rolls out the new entitlement. They really would like to hear from you!