30 hours free childcare

3. When to apply

You can apply up to 14 weeks before your child becomes age eligible.

Your child is eligible to start accessing the additional hours from the term following their 3rd birthday. To start accessing a place as soon as your child is eligible you must confirm your eligibility before the start of the term they will be eligible.

If you do not confirm your eligibility and receive an 11 digit code by the date listed below, you will not be able to access your additional hours until the start of the next term.

Child's birthday When you can access a place Code must be issued by
1 January to 31 March 1 April 31 March
1 April to 31 August 1 September 31 August
1 September to 31 December 1 January 31 December
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