The first phase of the new government childcare offers will commence from April 2024. From 2 January 2024, eligible working parents can apply for 15 hours of childcare for their two-year-old. Parents have until 31 March 2024 to apply for a code, with mid-January to the end of February being the optimum time to apply in case further information needs to be provided to support the application.
To apply for an eligibility code, each parent needs to be working and earning the equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum/living wage and under £100,000 adjusted net income per year. This means that each parent needs to earn from just over £8,600 per year to be eligible for up to 15 hours per week of childcare over 38 weeks.
This offer will then be extended to include children aged over 9 months old from September 2024. Further information about this will be available nearer the time.
There is more information on what childcare support is available to parents on the Childcare Choices website, where you can explore the early education entitlements and other government help towards childcare costs.