How to apply and get a code for 30 hours free childcare.
Step 1 Check you're eligible
Step 2 Check if you'll be better off
Getting 30 hours free childcare might affect how much you get in tax credits.
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.
If you're eligible you'll get a childcare account and a code for 30 hours free childcare.
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
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.