How to claim 15 hours funded childcare including how to get your code

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Applications are now open for eligible working parents of 2-year-olds to receive 15 hours funded childcare, starting from April 2024.

It’s the first step in Governments promise to expand the 30 hours funded childcare scheme for working parents from when their child turns nine months until they start school.



Time line

  • From April 2024, eligible working parents of 2-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours childcare support.
  • From September 2024, 15 hours childcare support will be extended to eligible working parents with a child from 9-months-old.
  • From September 2025, 30 hours for eligible working parents with a child from 9-months-old up to school age.


How do I apply? 

You need to meet the eligibility criteria before you can claim 15 hours funded childcare. Click here: eligibility criteria 

To then apply go to


How long will it take?

You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days.

Once your application has been approved, you’ll get a code for funded childcare to give to your childcare provider.

Applications are open from now until 31 March. If you miss the deadline you won’t be able to start using the new entitlements from 1 April. We encourage all parents to apply as soon as possible once they have receive their code.


What if I’m already registered for Tax Free Childcare?

Parents must reconfirm that they are still eligible for Tax-Free Childcare every 3 months.

As applications are now open for the new funded hours entitlement, when eligible parents reconfirm they will receive a code which will also enable them to access the new offer.

If your reconfirmation window opens on or after the 15 February, HMRC will send you a letter with a temporary code before this date.

The letter will also explain how to use your code to claim your funded place in April. Where possible, please wait for your letter to arrive. You don’t need to contact HMRC.

For the full article from the Government Education Hub go to: How to claim 15 hours funded childcare including how to get your code - The Education Hub (

External Links

  1. Find Childcare
  2. Help with Childcare Costs


Page last reviewed: 29/01/2024

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