30 hours free childcare
Since 1 September 2017 the free childcare entitlement has been extended to up to 30 hours a week for working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds. This is an extension of the current universal free entitlement of up to 15 hours a week for all 3 and 4-year-olds.
You can set up an account with HMRC and apply for both 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time.
- Apply now
- Reconfirming your eligibility code
- Tax free childcare
- Have you been unable to access your account? Claim compensation
- Frequently Asked Questions
When you apply, you will receive your 11 digit eligibility code which you must take to your childcare provider to be validated before your child can take up a place on the first day of term. Delay in submitting your eligibility code will mean that you cannot claim for your free 30 hours in the allocated term (see table below).
- If you haven’t been able to complete your application and get your 30 hours free childcare code for technical reasons, you should either contact GOV.UK's helpline on 0300 123 4097 or you can view HMRC's guidance on how parents should go about claiming compensation (external link).
If you already have a 30 hour eligibility code make sure your account details are up to date and check for emails or notifications from HMRC. You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months in order to continue receiving your free 30 hours childcare.
Please see full details in: How Parents can apply or sign in to their Childcare Service account (PDF, 283KB).
Tax-Free Childcare is a new UK wide government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare. Parents can get up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs or up to £4,000 for a child with a disability. Parents of children born on or after 1 April 2013, and parents of disabled children, can apply now.
Parents can set up an account and apply for both 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time. For more information regarding Tax-Free Childcare and to obtain your eligibility code, please visit the Childcare Choices website (external link).
If you’ve been unable to access Tax-Free Childcare through your childcare account for technical reasons, you may be able to claim compensation and get the government top-up as a one-off payment. There is also the possibility of the government refunding costs caused by the service not working as it should.
HMRC has put together some guidance on how parents should go about claiming compensation. See the GOV.UK website (external link) for details.
Would I qualify?
Use the Childcare Calculator to check what help you could get with childcare costs (external link).`
View the 30 Hours Eligibility - February 2017 (PDF, 156KB) for full details.
If your child is eligible for 30 hours free childcare they can start the term after their third birthday - see the table below:
|If your child turns three between:||Your child can start from:||Register online (external link) and submit 30 hour eligibility code to provider by:|
|1 April to 31 August||1 September (autumn term)||15 August|
|1 September to 31 December||1 January (spring term)||15 December|
|1 January to 31 March||1 April (summer term)||15 March|
I already have a 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free childcare account. Will I need to access it again?
Yes, you will need to sign in to your account to check for messages from GOV.UK. You will also need to reconfirm your eligibility status every three months so you can update your childcare provider and continue receiving your free childcare. Please see How Parents can apply or sign in to their Childcare Service account (PDF, 283KB).
Which providers are offering 30 hours?
View or download a list of Haringey providers from our Free early education for all three and four year olds page. Please note that it is not compulsory for childcare providers to offer the extended hours, therefore please contact your preferred provider as soon as possible to confirm and secure your place.
For more information about 30 hours free childcare, please view the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 166KB) published by the Department for Education.
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