Rooftops Montessori Nursery in Richmond to offer extra funded childcare hours

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Rooftops Montessori Nursery in Richmond to offer extra funded childcare hours

WORKING parents are being offered extra funded childcare hours thanks to a pilot project being run in North Yorkshire.

WORKING parents are being offered extra funded childcare hours thanks to a pilot project being run in North Yorkshire.

Rooftops Montessori Nursery in Richmond is providing the increased 30 hours of extended entitlement funded childcare for parents of three and four year olds, up from the current 15.

The nursery is also offering the extended entitlement over 51 weeks of the year, which works out at 22 hours per week to help parents during the long school holidays.

Rooftops currently looks after 12 babies, 12 toddlers and 20 pre-school children, Monday until Friday, from 8am to 6pm. From September the doors will open from 7.30am.

Nursery owner Hannah Hurley said: “We complete several parent surveys throughout the year and one reoccurring request was for us to open at 7.30am. This will help with the morning rush for parents who start work at 8am or have to travel.”

The Government is providing the additional funded care to support parents who want to work and increase their hours.

To be eligible both parents have to be working, or the sole parent in one parent families. They must have a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage and have an income less than £100,000 per year.

Parents also qualify if both parents are employed but one is temporarily away from the workplace on maternity, paternity, parental leave, adoption leave, statutory sick pay, one parent is employed and one has substantial caring responsibilities or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated and on benefits.

North Yorkshire has been selected to roll out the extended 30 hours pilot scheme for the Summer 2017 term as an early implementer and there will be an online application process for parents that meet this criteria open until the end of the month.

Mrs Hurley said: “We fully appreciate the stress involved for many parents juggling work with childcare and are offering a flexible arrangement designed to relieve this pressure.

“Holiday periods can also add to the burden so we are running the scheme across 51 weeks of the year which should make a huge difference to working families’ lives and finances.”

Mrs Hurley said anyone interested should get in touch as soon as possible to check whether they are eligible for the new scheme and have any queries explained.

For more information or to apply for the extended funded 30 hours care visit the nursery at 10 Queen’s Road, Richmond, or phone (01748) 823667.