30 hours free childcare if your child is three or four
Some families get an extra 15 hours a week – 30 hours in total.
To be able to get the extra hours:
- both parents must be working; or
- the sole parent in a single parent family must be working; or
- both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave; or
- both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave; or
- both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay; or
- one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits; or
- each working parent must earn at least a the equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage a week (around £120), and less than £100,000 per year
To access 30 hours extended entitlement you must have applied for, and be in receipt of, an eligibility code by the following deadlines:
- 31 August - funding starting in the autumn term
- 31 December - funding starting in the spring term
- 31 March - funding starting in the summer term
It can take up to 15 days from date of application for HMRC to issue a code. The validity start date is the date a code is issued and not the date of application. Please ensure you allow sufficient time when applying to ensure your code is received by the relevant deadlines detailed above.
Not sure if this includes you? Use the Gov.uk childcare calculator.
Find out more and apply at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk