Latest Government News – Nursery Childcare Expansion

Latest government news and updates

Childcare support is expanding

Working families can now get more help with their childcare costs. Applications for 15 hours funded
childcare are now open for eligible working parents in England with a child who turns two on or before
31st March. Parents can apply for their hours on gov.uk to get their code and then share it with their
childcare provider.

To continue receiving the government support, parents will need to reconfirm their
details every three months on their gov.uk account.

From September 2024, 15 hours funded childcare will be expanded to eligible working parents in
England with children between 9 and 23 months old. From September 2025, eligible working parents
in England with children between 9 months up to school age will have access to 30 hours childcare. (Please check with your individual provider if they offer care for children from 9 – 23 months as not all do)

This comes alongside the existing government childcare support, including 30 hours for 3-and 4-year-
olds, Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit Childcare. Parents might be able to use more than one offer to help with their childcare costs.

Parents can visit the Childcare Choices website to see what support they
might be eligible for, now and in the future, and apply for the relevant eligibility codes:
www.childcarechoices.gov.uk