30 hours free childcare – managing the autumn term deadline

HMRC are encouraging parents who want to take up a 30 hours place in the autumn term to apply now, to get their code in good time. HMRC sometimes needs more information from the parent to check whether they’re eligible, so parents should allow time for this. Some childcare providers that close over the school holidays will also wish to have secured their September intake well in advance of the end of term. We would also be grateful if you could continue to remind parents who already have an eligibility code to reconfirm their eligibility for 30 hours and / or Tax-Free Childcare every 3 months.

Please also note that the childcare service helpline is now offering temporary 30 hours codes, in preparation for autumn term, to support eligible parents who are experiencing ongoing technical issues with the online application. Parents can contact the helpline on 0300 123 4097, who will check eligibility and provide them with a code if they qualify for 30 hours. These codes need to be validated via the Eligibility Checking System (ECS) in the same way as standard codes and they begin with ‘11’ opposed to the ‘500’.

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