30 Hours

How To Apply?

You can apply for when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old (9 months). You will need to have your details (and your partner’s, if you have one) including your National Insurance number or Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed to hand when applying.

The funding starts either the term AFTER your child turns 3 OR the term after you apply, whichever is later.

Child’s Turns 3 between;

Apply Before

Eligible From

1st January – 31st March 31st March 1st April
1st April – 31st August 31st August 1st September
1st September – 31st December 31st December 1st January

So you are eligible, what next?

Take your voucher code to your chosen provider where they will validate your code if they have the space to offer you. They will then verify that you are eligible for the funding through the Local Authority with your Voucher Code, Surname, Date of Birth, National Insurance (NI) Number or Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) so please be prepared for them to ask you for this

The link for the providers for 30 hours is under construction- to see nurseries who offer the Free Entitlement and could offer the 30 hours.

Parents Guide to the 30 Hours Childcare

What you need to know?

You can move your provision mid-term however you must follow the terms and conditions of the provider you are currently with. 

Parents must reconfirm eligibility every 3 months. HMRC will remind you 4 weeks and 2 weeks in advance of your validity end date – Check ‘Reconfirmation’ on your HMRC account for the deadline date.

If your circumstances change, you will enter a ‘Grace Period’. You have until the Grace Period end date to change your circumstances or you will not be able to take up your 30 hours after this date. Your provider will inform you of this too.










Take a look at what families who are receiving the 30 hours think…

Parents: The Benefits of #30hours

Parents: The Benefits of #30hours Free Childcare

Useful Documents

  1. Find Your Application Proof – HMRC
  2. Reconfirmation Email