Free childcare for 3 and 4 year-olds

30 hours free childcare – apply or renew by 31 December

If your 3 or 4 year-old child is eligible for 30 hours of free childcare from January 2019, you must apply before 31 December 2018 to get your code for next term. If you've already claimed 30 hours of free childcare, you must log on to your childcare account to reconfirm your code, otherwise you will lose your place.

Applying for 30 hours free childcare

You can apply both for 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year-olds and tax-free childcare in the same place through a single application.

To apply for 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year-olds, and for tax-free childcare, go to HM Government: Childcare Choices.

Re-applying every 3 months

After you start receiving your 30 hours free childcare, you will get an email or text message from the government every 3 months, asking you to re-apply.

If you are no longer eligible

If a change in your circumstances means you are no longer eligible for the extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, your funding will continue for a short period of time.