NEW: If your child turns two on or before 31st March and you are an eligible working parent in England, you can apply for up to 15 hours childcare or early education per week, over 38 weeks of the year. Read our Education Hub blog to find out more about how to claim 15 hours childcare including how to get your code.
This is the first stage of the biggest ever childcare expansion in England, so you can juggle the job you want with being a parent.
If your child turns three or four on or before 31st March and you are an eligible working parent in England, you can apply for up to 30 hours childcare or early education per week, over 38 weeks of the year.
The deadline to apply is 31st March. We recommend you do so by the end of February to get your childcare code in good time.
If you haven’t used a childcare provider before or want to change it, find the right one for you and check whether they offer 15 or 30 hours childcare.
Click here to apply for your childcare hours
And did you know….?
To continue receiving the government support, you need to reconfirm your details every three months on your gov.uk account.
If you already have a Tax-Free Childcare account and have recently reconfirmed your eligibility, click here for more information.
You can use 15 and 30 hours childcare alongside other childcare schemes such as Tax-Free Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare.
You can use your hours at up to two different providers per day, and hours can be accepted at a variety of childcare providers, including nurseries, childminders, and preschools.
Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ your childcare hours across more weeks throughout the year, by using fewer hours each week, giving you more flexibility.