Childcare & Early Years


AFF looks at a wide range of issues relating to childcare and early years, that affect Army families.

Some of the topics that we are currently investigating, lobbying for and monitoring include:

  • nursery waiting lists in relation to postings
  • priority on waiting lists and what this means
  • early years provision in English in North Wales
  • two-year-old funding for DLA children overseas
  • childcare availability for dual serving families near units
  • early years support funding from MOD and DfE.

By highlighting these issues we can work to change things for the better. If you have an issue, get in touch at ec@aff.org.uk

On this page:

05 Oct - Extended FREE childcare entitlement in overseas locations
Government launches new schemes to help parents with childcare costs
Childcare options
The cost of childcare
MOD Sodexo childcare vouchers
Early years
Service Pupil Premium for early years - have your say
Childminding – a childcare and business option worth exploring

 

Extended FREE childcare entitlement in overseas locations

Are you posted overseas? Do you have children who are three or four years old?

The MOD has published a document giving information about free childcare entitlement in overseas locations. AFF has compiled a summary of the regulations. Read more

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Government launches new schemes to help parents with childcare costs

The introduction of the new tax-free childcare scheme began on 28 April 2017.

Over time, tax-free childcare will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Read more

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Childcare options

A choice of childcare options should be available for all Army families, but because of Service life, some are easier to access than others. Read more

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The cost of childcare

A survey in 2015 by the Family and Childcare Trust found that the cost of sending a child under two years to nursery part-time has risen by 5.1% since 2014 and 33% since 2010. The cost of part-time care from a childminder has also risen by 4.3% since 2014.

So what does this mean for Army families? Read more

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MOD Sodexo childcare vouchers

MOD Sodexo childcare vouchers are a salary sacrifice tax-saving scheme specifically for registered childcare.

Paper or e-vouchers can be used to pay for childcare either for children who have not yet started school, or for before and after school care and holiday clubs, saving you over £900. Read more

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Early years

Do you have a three or four year old and wish to access free early years education? The number of hours, its name and the choice may vary but, wherever you are, free early years education should be available. Read more

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Service Pupil Premium for early years - have your say

Currently there is no specific funding for early years children. This is something that AFF is monitoring and gathering evidence about.

To have your say on this, please email your experiences and let us know why you think Service children under five need this funding to support the mobility and separation in their lives.

You can email the Education and Childcare Specialist, Lucy Scott, at 
ec@aff.org.uk 

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Childminding – a childcare and business option worth exploring

If you’re either looking for local childcare in a more home-type setting for your children, or are exploring the option of looking after other children in your quarter, then childminding may fit the bill. Read more

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AFF is interested to hear your views or concerns about issues discussed on our website. Please email us at ec@aff.org.uk.