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Applications for 30 hours funded childcare in the Autumn term


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Return to Early Years and childcare information for parents and carers.


Parents who want to take up a 30 hours place in the Autumn term must apply before 31st August if they want to be sure they will get a place.

As always, parents should allow plenty of time to apply to ensure that a valid code is received well ahead of the deadline.

Department for Education has made some temporary changes to the 30 hours policy so that parents are not disadvantaged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Specifically:

  • Parents who lose income and fail to meet the minimum income threshold due to the outbreak will be treated as meeting that test.
  • Critical workers who exceed the maximum income threshold due to working additional hours in response to the outbreak will also remain eligible.

We continue to strongly encourage all eligible parents to continue to apply for, and reconfirm, their 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare entitlement, even if they have not been accessing their entitlement due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the closure of childcare settings due to lockdown. This will help to ensure parents have a smooth transition back into childcare when possible.

Parents can use the guidance available on Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during coronavirus outbreak  if they have questions about their eligibility for their childcare offer.

Here are six case study videos of families across England that have taken up 30 hours and a short “how-to” animation to support families applying for 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare online.


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