Free wraparound childcare for military families

From January, eligible military families with children aged four to 11, who are based in Catterick and Plymouth, will be able to apply for free before and after-school childcare, as part of new measures to better support the Armed Forces and their families.

Families could apply for up to 20 hours of childcare a week in term time.

The pilot scheme, which was announced in the summer by Defence Secretary the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, began in September at RAF High Wycombe and RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.

For more information, see our Childcare & Early years webpage.

POSTED ON 20 NOVEMBER 2020

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    Any idea when this will come into action In Portsmouth/Gosport? We both work and majority of my wages are used with nursery bills and wrap around care

    Hi Louise, thank you for your question. We have no further update on the future of the pilot and suggest you contact the WAC team to ask this question directly to them. Please email our Education team on educationsupport@aff.org.uk for up to date contact details for the WAC pilot team.

    We use the pilot scheme in plymouth, will it come to an end in January2022? I can’t seem to find information on if it’s carrying on

    Hi Jennifer, thank you for your question. We have no further update on the future of the pilot and suggest you contact the WAC team to ask this question directly to them. Please email our Education team on educationsupport@aff.org.uk for up to date contact details for the WAC pilot team.

    Hi Lisa, we understand that the scheme will not be rolled out more widely as yet. Currently we have no further information about any potential future rollout plans but we will ensure that families are kept informed of any further updates so please keep an eye on our website and social media.

    This is a very good thing to provide for service families. My only concern is both parents have to be in full time employment to be able to take advantage of this.

    If one parent is say in full time education they are not entitled. These are the people that need it more than those that are in full time employment yet are been denied.

    Ad this is q pilot scheme at the moment is they a possibility that it can be looked at?

    Hi Peter, thank you for your comment. It’s been passed to our education support team to look at.

    I also have concerns about this as both parents have to be in full time employment. In my case my husband does but i can’t work due to my disability and a scheme like this could be very beneficial for our family yet we wouldn’t qualify.

    Hi Rachel, thanks for your comment. Hearing from families helps us inform policy makers about their experiences.

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