Use form FCC1 if your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 March 2013.
Application for 30 hours free childcare if you live in England and your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 March 2013 (FCC1)
Ref: FCC1 https://public-online.hmrc.gov.uk/lc/content/xfaforms/profiles/forms.html?contentRoot=repository:///Applications/Benefits_and_Credits/1.0/FCC&template=freechildcare.xdp
Only use form FCC1 to apply for 30 hours free childcare if you live in England and your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 March 2013.
If you qualify, you’ll get a temporary childcare eligibility code for the term starting in September 2017.
If your child was born on or after 1 April 2013 you must use the childcare service to apply for 30 hours free childcare.
Don’t use this form if your child will be joining reception year in a state funded school from September 2017.
You, and your partner if you have one, must:
- live in England
- expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at Living Wage or your Minimum Wage
You and your partner must be employed, or must expect to start a new job within 14 days of applying.
You’re not eligible if you:
- have an income of more than £100,000
- are not entitled to receive public funds
Circumstances where you may still be eligible
You can use 30 hours free childcare if you’re already getting Universal Credit or tax credits, and you can still apply for 30 hours free childcare if you or your partner are taking paid time off work, such as maternity leave, paternity leave or sick leave.
You can also still apply for 30 hours free childcare if either you or your partner are employed or self-employed and one of you gets one or more of the following benefits:
- contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit or long-term Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- National Insurance credits because of incapacity or limited capability for work
- you’ve been assessed as having limited capability for work for Universal Credit purposes
Securing your 30 hours place
After receiving your form, HMRC will assess your eligibility for 30 hours free childcare. We may ask for some additional information, depending on your circumstances.
We will write to you with our decision within 10 working days following receipt of the form. If you’re eligible the letter will include a unique 11-digit reference number which is your 30 hours eligibility code. This code is important as you’ll need it to claim your free childcare. You should take the code to your childcare provider, along with your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth, to secure your free childcare place. Your childcare provider will check the code with the local authority and confirm your eligibility. You and your childcare provider will then be able to discuss when provision can begin.
The eligibility code will be temporary. You will need to complete a full application in the Autumn through the digital childcare service to access a place from January onwards.
If you are assessed as ineligible, you’ll receive a letter notifying you of this. The letter will include details of your right to a mandatory review of your application and how to request this, should you feel that this assessment is incorrect.
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