Tax free childcare

Before you apply, please visit GOV.UK to find out if your are eligible to apply for tax free childcare.


You’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your:

  • national insurance number
  • unique taxpayer reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed.

It takes 20 minutes to apply.

You can make a payment the day after you put money in your account. It usually takes 3 working days for the money to reach your provider’s account.

As part of your application, you’ll find out if you’re eligible for both tax free childcare and 30 hours free childcare. You may find out straight away, but it can take up to 7 days.

Visit GOV.UK to apply now

Last updated: 6.17pm on Sunday 4 March 2018

  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility
  3. How do I apply?