Refugees: Ukraine

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st December 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to provide additional support to the childcare sector to help Ukrainian parents to work.

Photo of Claire Coutinho Claire Coutinho The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department continues to work across government to ensure we are supporting all Ukrainians in the UK to give them the same access to public services in education and childcare as a UK citizen.

Families, including those from Ukraine, can get help towards childcare depending on their circumstances:

  • All parents of 3 and 4-year-olds can access 15 free hours of childcare per week across 38 weeks of the year
  • Eligible working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds can access an additional 15 hours of childcare, known as the ‘30 Hours’ entitlement
  • Disadvantaged 2-year-olds may be eligible to access 15 free hours of childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is available for working parents, including those from Ukraine, of children aged 0 to11, or up to 16 for some children with disabilities. This has the same eligibility criteria as the ‘30 Hours’ free childcare entitlement. This scheme can save parents up to £2,000 per year, or up to £4,000 for children with disabilities, and can be used alongside 30 Hours free childcare. The eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare can be found here:

The department has made education and childcare funding available for children who have entered via the Homes for Ukraine visa route. This funding is payable to local authorities in England for the provision of education and childcare for children ages 2 to 18. The funding can be used to provide a place for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds accessing the 2-year-old, universal or 30 hours entitlements. The full grant conditions attached to the funding are published here:

Some parents from Ukraine may want to work in the early years sector, and there is a system to recognise their qualifications in this field. Anyone with an early years qualification awarded in Ukraine, or elsewhere, can apply through a dedicated service run by UK ECCTIS in collaboration with the department to have that qualification ‘mapped’ against the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or Level 3 Early Years Educator criteria. Where a qualification meets some, but not all of our criteria, there is the option to either complete a supervised adaptation period, or undertake additional units, to become qualified.

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