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Thirty hours of funded childcare

You may be entitled to an additional 15 hours childcare place for your three or four-year-old for 38 weeks per year if you are:

  • a two-parent family, both working and each earns the equivalent of 16 hours per week paid at the national living wage
  • each earning less than £100,000 per year


  • a single parent, working and earn the equivalent of 16 hours per week paid at national minimum wage
  • earning less than £100,000 per year.

You must apply through HMRC.

Want to find out if you’re eligible and apply for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare? Watch this video for step-by-step guidance on what you need to apply.

Visit Childcarechoices.GOV.UK to find out more. 

Find out how other families have benefitted from 30 hours free childcare.

Your entitlement

If you are eligible, HMRC will issue you with a code which you must give to your childcare provider. Children will be eligible to claim from the term following their third birthday or the term following the date the eligibility code was issued (whichever is later) until they go to school, provided the parents remain within the eligibility criteria.

You must reconfirm your code every three months by logging into your secure account.

Funding is paid directly to the childcare provider.



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