Little Lawrences and Larks n Owls are pleased to offer 30 hours free childcare to eligible families. Little Lawrence is open from 8.45am – 3.15pm, while Larks n Owls offers wraparound care from 7.30am – 6pm. Both settings are open in term time only.

When you can start claiming

The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March The beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August The beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December The beginning of term on or after 1 January

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work
  • on sick leave or annual leave
  • on shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave

Your Income

You’ll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

For example, over the next 3 months you expect to earn at least £1,813.76 – the National Living Wage for people over 25.

If you have a partner, they’ll need to expect to earn at least this much too.

If you’re self-employed and do not expect to make enough profit in the next 3 months, you can use an average of how much you expect to make over the current tax year.

This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

If you or your partner have an expected ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000 in the current tax year you will not be eligible. This includes any bonuses you expect to get.

When to apply

You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.

When your child turns 3 When they can get 30 hours from Recommended time to apply
1 September to 31 December Term starting on or after 1 January 15 October to 30 November
1 January to 31 March Term starting on or after 1 April 15 January to 28 February
1 April to 31 August Term starting on or after 1 September 15 June to 31 July

You can apply outside of these recommended dates but you might not receive your code in time. You must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts.

You can check if you’re eligible and apply online here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare

If you’re eligible you’ll be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for your child, which you need to pass to the school office please. 

You’ll need to apply in the term BEFORE you wish to access the funding, so please don’t leave it too late to apply! Claims cannot be backdated if the term has already started when you apply. 

Parents who are not eligible to claim 30 hours free childcare will still be able to claim 15 hours universal childcare.  In that instance, you don’t need to do anything as the school office will claim funding on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.