Childcare Choices update – November 30 deadline for 30 hours places starting January 2018

New information from HMRC regarding registering on Childcare Choices website November 2017


With the January term fast approaching, HMRC is encouraging parents to apply for 30 hours as soon as possible. HMRC strongly advise parents to apply before 30 November to make sure they get their code in good time for next term. As you know, not all parents can get a code straight away – HMRC sometimes needs more information to check whether a parent is eligible.

HMRC also wants to remind existing parents to reconfirm their eligibility for 30 hours every three months.

To support this, HMRC has produced a new parent communications toolkit, to provide further information to parents about 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare. The toolkit below includes the following:Childcare Choices logo


Eligible parents can apply for both 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare via the Childcare Choices website. They can apply for all of their children once their youngest child qualifies - read more here.

You can also download information to give to parents below. The information covers how parents who've applied for 30 hours already can access their account.

Information regarding payments:


  • Parents can pay into their account using either debit card or Faster Payments (where offered by their bank). If the parent makes a deposit (before 6.30pm for Faster Payments and before 8pm for debit cards) then the funds will be available as cleared funds the next day
  • When the parent authorises the payment from their childcare account, it will arrive in the provider’s account 3 working days later, which is the standard BACS clearance time
  • Credit cards can’t be used to make payments into childcare accounts.