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National wraparound childcare programme

About the wraparound childcare programme

The national wraparound childcare programme is part of the childcare reforms announced at the 2023 Spring Budget. The government’s ambition is that by 2026, all parents and carers of primary school-aged children who need it, will be able to pay to access full wraparound provision in their area during term-time from 8am to 6pm. This will provide more childcare options enabling more parents to access employment.

The government announced it will provide up to £289 million of start-up funding over two years to support local authorities, schools and private, voluntary, and independent (PVI) providers in England to implement or increase childcare provision before or after the school day.

The programme aims to complete this by addressing 3 key areas:

  • Availability - An increase in the supply and take-up of wraparound places via removing barriers to setting up or expanding provision, both in terms of number of places and hours available.
  • Affordability - All parents or carers of primary school-aged children accessing wraparound and who are eligible for Universal Credit childcare or Tax-Free Childcare, can use these to help pay for wrapround provision.*
  • Quality of care - The programme will deliver childcare that is child-centred, easily accessible, and responds to the needs of the families, including those of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

*Working families that are recipients of Universal Credit can claim back up to 85% of the cost of childcare. Working families that are recipients of Tax-Free Childcare can receive up to 20% of the cost of childcare, to a maximum of £2000 a year (£4000 if SEND) – for more information visit the Childcare Choices website.

Wraparound childcare in Peterborough

The Early Years and Childcare Service has a dedicated team in place, who are actively working with schools and childcare providers across the city, supporting them to access the funding from the government ready for roll-out of the programme from September 2024.

Schools and private, voluntary, and independent (PVI) childcare providers

Schools and PVI childcare providers can contact the Early Years and Childcare Service by emailing or book an appointment to discuss your offer and funding available with the Wraparound Childcare Support Officer.

Parents and carers

Ask your child’s school about their wraparound programme and how you can get your child involved. You can also read more about wraparound childcare on the government’s Education Hub.