Financial Support and Tax Incentives for Childcare Costs
There are many forms of financial support and tax-free incentives for parents to help with the costs of childcare. A comprehensive list of these, including information about how to apply for them can be found on the following government website: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Parent Declaration Form for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
To receive government funding, Parents must download, complete and sign the following Parent Declaration form and email it back to the nursery by the specified deadline provided – this is required to be completed each term:
For our Guidance Notes on how to complete the Parent Declaration form, please click here: GUIDANCE NOTES
Failure to return the form (by email only) and any necessary supporting information to the nursery on or before the current term’s specified deadline date will result in funding for the term being waived.
30 Hours Funding for eligible 3 and 4 year olds
To check your eligibility and apply for the 30 hours government funding for 3 and 4 year olds, please use the following link: https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow
If asked “have you been invited as part of a trial”, select “No”. Proceed to setup a Government Gateway account (unless you already have one) and follow each step thereafter. Once you have submitted your form, you should receive a secure message within your Government Gateway login area to confirm the application has been received.
It will be approx. 7 days after submitting your application that they will notify you if you have qualified for the additional 15 hours funding, taking the total to 30 hours funding. An eligibility code will be provided to you.
Please note: All parents qualify for the standard 15 hours funding and there is nothing you need to do to ensure we can claim this for you, aside from signing the parent declaration form we will provide you with at the appropriate time. However, to claim the additional 15 hours funding, taking the total funding to potentially 30 hours, you need to complete the above means-tested process.
Should you be entitled for the full 30 hours funding, the government will provide you with an Eligibility Code.
Please then complete the below form, for which you require the Eligibility Code. As we require time to validate all applications made to us with the local authority before funding can be formally granted, it is important that all applications (made via the online form below) are received by the consecutive deadlines issued to parents directly by the local authority.
Upon submitting the form to us, you will also receive a copy confirming successful submission.
By completing the form below, you provide your express written permission in compliance with the Data Protection Act for the nursery to undertake any online code verification including the submission of personal details provided to the nursery on the Local Authority or Government websites.
Parents must reconfirm their eligibility every 3 months via the HMRC online system – if a parent is no longer eligible, the grace period starts, as follows:
|Grace Period Chart|
|Parent reconfirmation period||If parent is no longer eligible, grace period end date is:|
|1 January – 10 February||31 March|
|11 February – 31 March||31 August|
|1 April – 26 May||31 August|
|27 May – 31 August||31 December|
|1 September – 21 October||31 December|
|22 October – 31 December||31 March|
Falling out of eligibility
If your family no longer meets the eligibility criteria, your child will not immediately lose the extra 15 hours of funding, as there will be a grace period to give you the opportunity to regain employment. If circumstances change during the grace period, you can reapply again via the HMRC system and if eligible your child can continue to receive the additional 15 hours funding (making it 30 in total). The table above shows when parents are required to reconfirm their eligibility and, if you fall out of eligibility during this period, what date the grace period ends.
After the grace period, if you still do not meet the eligibility criteria, your child will no longer receive the extra 15 hours funding (making it 30 in total), but will still be able to receive the standard 15 hours funding for all 3 and 4 year olds.
ONLINE FUNDING FORM WILL SHORTLY LOAD BELOW