30 Hours Free childcare for families with 3 and 4-year-old children
For working families in England
With 3 and 4-year-old children
A total of 1,140 hours per year
You each need to earn at least £125 a week.
If you’re earning less than £125 a week but are under 25, or you’re an apprentice, you may still be eligible.
Is it for me?
You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) the equivalent of working 16 hours a week at your national minimum wage (£125 at the National Living Wage, less if you are on the National Minimum Wage)
If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds.
You can't get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.
Your child can start in their childcare place the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours code, whichever is later. Term start dates are 1st September, 1stJanuary and 1st April.
You can apply up to 16 weeks before your child’s third birthday.
To keep your 30 hours free childcare place you need to check your details are up to date every 3 months.
The 30 hours free childcare offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips).
Further information can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk