30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare; what are they? How are they different? and Key Dates.

You’ve probably heard a lot recently about 30 hours which started in September (2017) and Tax-Free Childcare which has opened up in stages and launches to all eligible parents on Wednesday 14 February (2018). Here is a simple overview of schemes, how to apply, and how they can be used together.You’ve probably heard a lot recently about 30 hours which started in September (2017) and Tax-Free Childcare which has opened up in stages and launches to all eligible parents on Wednesday 14 February (2018). Here is a simple overview of schemes, how to apply, and how they can be used together.

30 hours

30 hours means 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds and it’s just that; Funded childcare for you to use with participating:

• Full day care (such as nurseries and pre-schools)

• Schools

• Childminders

• Children's Centres

• After-school clubs. 


Finding a Childcare Provider; you can use our website, BucksFamilyInfo.org to find local childcare providers accepting funding through the 30 hours scheme.

Dates for your diary: If you would like to take up 30 hours for the next term starting 1 April 2018. Check your eligibility and apply now (or no later than the end of February).

Eligibility overview: Have a 3 or 4 year old. Earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage (£120 per week). Check your eligibility at Childcare Choices.

If you’ve already taken up 30 hours log into your Childcare Services’ Account and reconfirm your eligibility. If you need more than 30 hours to cover your childcare costs find out how you may be able to use Tax-Free Childcare too.

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