All 3 and 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours a week, or 570 hours a year of free early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. An extra 570 hours of free childcare a year, so 1140 hours in total. 30 hours free childcare will be available from September 2017.
The eligibility criteria are the same as the ones for Tax-Free Childcare, except you can continue to get these types of support at the same time as 30 hours free childcare:
When you apply, you'll be confirming that you need childcare so that you and your partner, if you have one, can work. If your child's already in a full-time reception class in a state funded school, you won't be eligible for 30 hours free childcare.
Get an estimate of how much you could get to help pay for approved childcare.
You’ll need information about you and your partner (if you have one), including:
It should take around 10 minutes to get an estimate.
You can either apply for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare or sign into your childcare service account. It's one single application but HMRC will check your eligibility for both.
Applying should take around 20 minutes.
Check what help you could get with childcare costs, and which support might be best for you, using the childcare calculator.
Make sure you have (for you and your partner, if you have one):
if you're self-employed, your Unique Taxpayer Reference
If you would like any further assistance, please speak to Miss Jeffrey, our Family Support Worker who is available between 8am and 9am every day, or Monday afternoon from 1pm - 3pm.
Alternatively, you can call the HMRC contact centre on 0300 123 4097.