30 hours free childcare

5. How to claim your place

After you apply, if you are eligible, you will receive an 11 digit eligibility code that is valid for 3 months.

Take your 11 digit code to your childcare provider and sign the parental agreement to claim your free place. The parental agreement is your opportunity to agree which hours, days and weeks you would like to access your free childcare and to specify any additional hours or services you would like to pay for.

Your childcare provider will need to confirm that your code is valid by checking it with Lancashire County Council before they can offer you a free place.

Talk to your childcare provider about how they can offer the hours flexibly to meet your needs.

Lost eligibility codes

If you have lost your 11 digit eligibility code you can sign in to the childcare service (external link) to retrieve it.  You'll need your Government Gateway ID which you will have received when you applied.

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