Pilot project offering extra childcare time

Rooftops Montessori Nursery business manager Cassie Luchford, pre-school room co-ordinator Paula Dalling and nursery manager Debbie Kilburn with children Finlay, Isabel, Daniel and Ava.
Rooftops Montessori Nursery business manager Cassie Luchford, pre-school room co-ordinator Paula Dalling and nursery manager Debbie Kilburn with children Finlay, Isabel, Daniel and Ava.

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.

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. Call 01748 823667 for more details.