30 Hours Tax Free Childcare
30 Hours Eligibility
30 hours free childcare
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.
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:
- tax credits
- Universal Credit
- childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice schemes
- childcare grants and bursaries
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:
- how much you spend on childcare
- any benefits you or your child get
- your income
It should take around 10 minutes to get an estimate.
Apply or sign in to the childcare service as a parent
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.
Before you start
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):
- your National Insurance number
if you're self-employed, your Unique Taxpayer Reference
- the date you started, or are due to start work
- details of any other government support you get
If you would like any further assistance, you can contact the please speak to the school office.
Alternatively, you can call the HMRC contact centre on 0300 123 4097.