Apply for 30 hours free childcare

If you live in England, use this service to apply for a code to get 30 hours free childcare. You’ll need to set up a childcare account.

There are different schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your:

  • National Insurance number
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed

If you pay for childcare and want to use Tax-Free Childcare to get help with costs, you can also apply using this service.

It usually takes 20 minutes to apply. You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days.

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  1. Step 1 Check you're eligible

  2. Step 2 Check if you'll be better off

    Getting 30 hours free childcare might affect how much you get in tax credits.

    1. Check if you’ll be better off
  3. Step 3 Apply for 30 hours free childcare

    There's one application for 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare. As part of your application, you will find out if you can get both.

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    If you're eligible you'll get a childcare account and a code for 30 hours free childcare.

  4. Step 4 Give your code to your childcare provider

    Give the code in your childcare account to your provider along with:

    • your National Insurance number
    • your child's date of birth
  5. Step 5 Sign in to your account to reconfirm your details

    You must confirm your details are up to date every 3 months or your code will expire.

    1. Sign in to your childcare account to confirm your details