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30 hours free childcare

From September 2017, working families may be eligible to receive the new extended free childcare entitlement.


Eligible families can get an additional 15 hours per week of free childcare for 38 weeks a year.  This is on top of the 15 hours per week of free early education that all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to.



Parents of three and four year olds will need to be earning the 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage, which equates to:


  • £120 a week (£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old

  • £112.80 a week (£5,800 a year) for each parent aged 21 to 24 years old

Parents will not be eligible if:

  • Either parent earns more than £100,000 a year
  • Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control and has no recourse to public funds.


For more information - Read the criteria in full


How to apply

The HMRC portal is now open for parents to apply and check their eligibility for 30 hours free childcare.  



Please note:


  • The eligibility code issued by the HMRC will need to be validated with a childcare provider within three months of the date issued.

  • You are required to re-check your eligibility on a termly basis. 
    A reminder will be issued by the HMRC to your registered email account.

  • The eligibility will only start at the beginning of the term after the code has been issued and cannot start part way through a term.  Therefore, parents who wish to receive the offer in the Autumn Term 2017 will need to apply before 31 August 2017. 

Further Support

If you require assistance in completing your application contact the HMRC's Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.