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Changes to childcare funding eligibility during pandemic

Apply now for childcare funding for two and three year-olds


Working parents of three and four year-olds are encouraged to apply now for 30 hours funded childcare for the autumn term.

Parents and carers should also be aware that changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for tax-free childcare and 30 hours free childcare during the coronavirus pandemic.

You may still be able to claim if you are on furlough, not able to work or are working less, are self-employed or are a critical worker.

You can check your eligibility, and apply, here

"It is important to check your eligibility as there have been recent changes which  may affect those families that have been impacted by coronavirus.

"We would really like this additional funded childcare to benefit as many parents across Leicestershire as possible.

"If parents have not applied already, I would urge them to do so immediately and before the application deadline of  31st August.”

Parents must have an ‘individual’ government gateway account set up ready.  Once the application is made, you can check progress in your account.

To access the 30 hours funded childcare, you will receive an eligibility code (DERN) which you can take to your childcare provider along with your national insurance number, child’s name and date of birth so the code can be validated.


Parents can use an online search tool to find a childcare provider.

Individual gateway accounts can be set up or accessed here

 For further help with an individual application please contact HMRC on 0300 123 4097.

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