Eligible parents should apply early for 30 hours free childcare

09 November 2017

Government is encouraging eligible working parents of three and four year olds living in England to apply for their 30 hours of free childcare as soon as possible, ideally pre 30 November 2017.

HMRC sometimes needs more information to check whether a parent is eligible so not all parents can get a code straight away, hence the encouragement to apply as soon as possible.

Existing parents should remember that they must reconfirm their eligibility for 30 hours every 3 months.

HMRC has produced a new parent communications toolkit, to provide further information to parents about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare. The toolkit includes information on:

  • Customer journey infographics for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare

  • ‘Top things parents and providers should know’ Q&A

  • A factsheet for parents on how they can use their 30 hours’ entitlement

  • Pre-drafted emails to parents and providers to inform them of the application deadline and reconfirmations

  • A glossary for parents and providers to help explain key words associated with 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare.