You (and your partner if you have one) must have a National Insurance number and at least one of the following:
- British or Irish citizenship
- settled or pre-settled status, or been living in the UK before 1 January 2021 with the right to reside
- permission to access public funds - your UK residence card will tell you if you cannot do this
You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £152 per week. That is equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage each.
You, and any partner, must earn less than £100,000 a year each.
In a two parent household:
- both parents must meet the requirements relating to employment and earnings.
- Only one parent needs to meet the residence requirement.
You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming:
- Universal Credit,
- tax credits,
- childcare vouchers
- Tax-Free Childcare.
You may be eligible if you, or your partner, are on:
- or adoption leave.
You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get:
- Incapacity Benefit,
- Severe Disablement Allowance,
- Carer’s Allowance
- Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance
If you foster your child, speak to your social worker and your local authority if you want to apply.