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30 Hours Government Funding- 3 & 4 Year Olds

Parents can check whether they are eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the childcare calculator at: www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator .
Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.

Parents who meet the following criteria could be eligible:-

  • All parents living in the household work a minimum of 16 hours a week at national living wage, and earn no more than £100,000 each per year.


  • One or both parents are currently on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave.
  • One or both parents are currently on statutory sick leave
  • One parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.

Parents can apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering their details once. HMRC will check parents’ eligibility for both schemes at the same time. Parents do not have to apply for the Tax-Free Childcare if they do not wish to but parents should still apply via the digital childcare service for the 30 hours only.

IMPORTANT- If you are receiving financial support through tax credits and only want to take up the 30 hours, you can choose not to apply for Tax-Free Childcare (and keep your tax credits)

Parents do not need to apply via the digital service if they only wish to receive the universal 15 hours.


  • As part of the application process, you will be asked to enter personal details including your name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for your partner (if you have one).
  • You will be asked whether you expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months and whether you are in receipt of any relevant benefits.
  • This information will help HMRC decide whether you (and your child) are eligible for the 30 hours.
  • At the start of the application process, parents will create a Government Gateway account (if you don’t already have one) If you encounter any difficulties you should direct your queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097
  • At the end of the application process, you will have a childcare service account. In the “secure messages” section of your account, you will receive messages regarding your eligibility.
  • If you are eligible for 30 hours, you will be given an 11 digit “eligibility code” for your child.
  • You need to take this code, along with your National Insurance number and child’s date of birth, to the Nursery Managers to claim your child’s 30 hours. The codes normally start with “5000”. You will also need to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to verify their date of birth.
  • Parents will need to sign a written consent for us as a provider to verify the code.

Parents can find their eligibility code in the “30 hours free childcare” section of their childcare service account (see attached Image A and B )

IMPORTANT- You will be prompted by HMRC every 3 months to reconfirm the details you have entered on your application. This is to check that you are still eligible. You will be prompted, via text message and/or email, four weeks before your reconfirmation deadline and again two weeks before the deadline, if you still haven’t reconfirmed. If your circumstances have changed, you will log in your childcare service account, amend your details and resubmit. If your circumstances have not changed, you only need to reconfirm your details. YOU MUST RECONFIRM EVERY 3 MONTHS.

IMPORTANT- Parents must apply for the code the term BEFORE their child is eligible to receive the 30 hours. For example, if your child turned 3 in June 2017, you will need to apply for the code before the 31st August 2017 in order to take up the offer to start in the September term. If parents miss the deadline of the term, funding can only be accessed the term after i.e. January 2018.

Please speak to Jen or Clare if you are unsure of anything regarding the 30 hours funding.

15 Hours Government Funding- 2 Year Olds

Some 2 year olds are eligible for 15 hours funded childcare per week from the Government. These are eligibility checked. We are able to undertake these checks within the nursery. You can telephone the nursery to speak to the Manager who will be able to complete the check over the phone or you may call into the nursery to have an eligibility check undertaken.
Your child maybe eligible if: – 
  • You are in receipt of certain benefits
  • You have an income below £16,190 per year
  • They have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHC) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • They are looked after by the Local Authority
  • They attract Disability Living Allowance
If you think your child may be eligible, please speak to the nursery managers who will be able to perform an eligibility check for you. 

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