Apply for 30 hours of free childcare

This is available for working families with children aged 3 and 4. Parents of children born on or after 1 September 2012 can apply now.

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You can apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare with a single application using the government childcare service.

Both you and your partner (if you live with them) need to provide:

  • name
  • address
  • national insurance number
  • details of your income, and if you will meet the requirements over the next 3 months
  • details of any benefits you receive.

You must apply before the start of the academic period you want to take up your place, apply by:

  • 31 August to start claiming in September
  • 31 December to start claiming in January
  • 31 March to start claiming in April.

Read our parent's guide to 30 hours of free childcare.