Further information is outlined below
Many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare – rather than the current 15 hours.
But the first thing you need to know is that this is 30 hours free for only 38 weeks per year – not 52 weeks of the year. It’s basically equivalent to school term times – and totals 1140 free hours across the year.
In theory, you may be able to spread the free childcare out over further weeks, but this will mean you’ll get fewer than 30 hours free childcare each week.
It will be available at the following participating childcare options:
- Nurseries and nursery classes
- Playgroups and pre-school
- Sure Start Children’s Centres
Not necessarily as not everyone is eligible. But everyone will still receive the 15 hours free childcare that is currently available.
Eligibility rules for 30 hours free childcare:
- Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts in your area
- Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
- Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage (see how much this isbelow)
- Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
- You live in England
How do you apply for the 30 hours free childcare?
You can now pre-register for the 30-hour scheme on the Gov.UK website. You’ll need to confirm you live in England and will be asked to provide your email address and your child’s date of birth. You’ll then be emailed with information about when the scheme will be available and how to apply.
To get 30 hours free childcare, you’ll need to do the following:
- Apply online through the childcare service.
- If you’re eligible, you’ll receive a code – this will allow you to arrange your childcare place ahead of September 2017
- Take your code to your childcare provider or local council (if it’s council-provided childcare), along with your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth
- Your childcare provider or council will check the code is authentic and allocate your child a free childcare place
Further information can be found at