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Extended free childcare entitlement (30 hours)

Eligible working families are able to access an additional 15 hours of free childcare for their 3 or 4 year old child, in addition to the current 15 hours of universal free early learning entitlment. You may also have heard the extended entitlement being referred to as the additional 15 hours, or 30 hours.

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Who is eligible?

A list of the eligiblity criteria can be found here.


Where can you access a list of early years providers that intend to offer the extended entitlement in Redbridge?

For a list of early years and childcare settings that are offering the extended entitlement please click on the green 'View all services' button. Please note that this only includes settings who have informed us they intend to offer the extended entitlement. If your local setting, or one that you have chosen for your child, is not listed then please ask them for further details.


How can I apply for the extended entitlement?

All checks and applications for the extended entitlement will be processed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customers (HMRC).

If you are unsure what support you can access for childcare costs you can complete the online 'Childcare Calculator' at  

To apply for the extended entitlement, and for further information, please visit If you are having difficulty in applying for the extended entitlement please contact the HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097


Further information and support

For further information please view our additional guidance, 'Extended free childcare entitlement' or please contact Families Information Direct (FiND).  


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