If your child is about to be entitled to 30 free hours, we hope to make parents aware that they need to apply as soon as possible for their 30 hours eligibility codes. We strongly advise you to apply before 30 November to make sure you get your code in good time for the spring term starting in January 2018. Not all parents can get a code straight away – HMRC sometimes needs more information to check whether a parent is eligible.

We also want to remind parents who already have an eligibility code to reconfirm their eligibility for 30 hours every 3 months, so please do keep us posted on that.

In addition, we would like to share with you this really useful kit produced by the Department Of Education new parent communications toolkit, which provides further information to parents about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare. The toolkit includes materials such as:

• Information on 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare.
• ‘Top things parents should know’ Q&A
• A fact sheet for parents on how they can use their 30 hours’ entitlement.
• A glossary for parents to help explain keywords associated with 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare.