Childcare support expansion offer

The Local Authority has been allocated programme funding, for supporting the initial setup or expansion of wraparound provision associated with primary schools.

Providers wishing to secure some funding need to submit details of the running costs of their proposal.

You can download the forms to complete from the sidebar panel on this page or request the relevant form by emailing childcareplanning@sheffield.gov.uk or calling contact number – 0114 2037228, if Officer is unavailable, leave a voice message.

Completed forms need to be submitted to the Childcare Planning Team by close of play on 17 June 2024.

The Governments agenda is that all parents who need it must be serviced by some form of wraparound care with every school having a responsibility to offer provision whether they deliver that themselves, or through a private provider on site or through arrangements with other local providers and childminders.

The wraparound programme funding can be used to support running costs such as staffing, training, minibus hire, and resources for before or after school childcare provision or both.

As this is a limited pot of funding, unfortunately we may not be able to support all settings who wish to expand, and the Local Authority will prioritise areas of greatest need in line with Government expectations.

For more information on wraparound guidance for schools please visit Wraparound childcare guidance for schools - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Any issues or queries please contact the childcare planning team childcareplanning@sheffield.gov.uk

Get the help that fits you and your family so you can juggle work and life.

Apply for 15 or 30 hours childcare to start a place in September

From 1st April, if you are an eligible working parent in England, you can apply for:

  • 15 hours childcare for your two-year-old
  • 30 hours childcare for your three or four-year-old

The second phase of the childcare support expansion will be rolled out from September. From 12th May, if you are an eligible working parent in England, you can apply for 15 hours childcare for your child aged 9 months old and over.

You will need to apply by 31st August to use your hours from 1st September. To do so, visit gov.uk to get your code for a place in September and then share it with your childcare provider. To continue receiving the government support, you will need to reconfirm your details every three months on your gov.uk account.

From September 2025, eligible working parents in England with children between 9 months up to school age will have access to 30 hours childcare.

This comes alongside other government childcare support, including Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit Childcare. You might be able to use more than one offer together to help with your childcare costs.

Wraparound childcare

Childcare is also expanding for primary-school age children. From September, parents in England can expect to see an expansion in the availability of childcare in their local area before and after school, that runs from 8am until 6pm or later, also known as ‘wraparound childcare’. If you are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare, you can use the support to help pay for your wraparound childcare.

Visit Childcare Choices to see what support you might be eligible for, now and in the future, so you can juggle work and life: