30 hours free childcare reconfirmation deadline – 31 December 2019
Families only have until 31 December 2019 to reconfirm their eligibility with HMRC to ensure they are still eligible for spring 2020. There are many families who still need to reconfirm; they can do this by logging in to their childcare service account.
You can review a parents eligibility status by logging into the early years portal to view your autumn funding submission; this will detail each individual child’s eligibility dates and status. Please inform any parents who need to reconfirm as soon as possible.
For all new parents who may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare from January 2020, they also have a deadline of 31 December 2019 to apply for an eligibility code on the childcare choices website.
If a parent was issued a code over the telephone, the parent will need to reapply online when the time comes to reconfirm their eligibility.
If a parent has difficulties with reconfirmation, they should insist that an incident referral is raised with HMRC via their helpline; HMRC can be contacted on 0300 123 4097.
A one-page childcare overview poster has been produced that sets out all of the government’s childcare offers for parents, helping them to understand at a glance what support might be available to them and how the offers interact. You can find this new poster here.