Planning for your future childcare needs

Working parents of three and four year olds will receive 30 hours of funded childcare per week from September 2017. Somerset County Council wants to hear what families have to say on these plans and find out what their childcare needs are.

New legislation from the government will allow parents, who work at least 16 hours per week each, to receive an additional 570 hours of funded childcare a year on top of the existing 570 hours that is currently available to all three and four year olds.

Both parents will be required to work 16 hours per week to be entitled to the additional hours. In single parent families, that one parent has to work 16 hours per week.

Somerset County Council is planning ahead for this new initiative and has developed a survey for families and for Early Years providers. The council is particularly keen to hear from families about their expected childcare needs.

“I would urge anyone who thinks they may be entitled to the new funding from September 2017 to fill in the survey,” said Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

“We want to make sure that Somerset has childcare providers to suit every family. Understanding the preferences of parents is vital to ensuring that we have the right, nurseries, playgroups and childminders to accommodate their children.”

To take part in the survey please click one of the options below:

Survey for parents

Survey for Early Years Providers

Or to request the survey in another format please email