Last updated: 13 October 2023

Next review: 13 October 2024

In order to apply for the 30 hours Free Childcare, you need to set up a government Gateway Account. To start the process,  apply here for the 30 hours Free Childcare or visit for range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours free childcare.

If you disagree with your eligibility results or have any technical issues when applying for the 30 hours code, please call the Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097.

If you are eligible, you will receive an 11 digit code to  give to your participating childcare provider. Your childcare provider will check the code and confirm your eligibility.


You must sign into your account to re-confirm your eligibility every three months.