The Department for Education (DfE) are making temporary changes to the 30 hours free entitlement to ensure critical worker parents and those with vulnerable children are not disadvantaged during the coronavirus outbreak and can continue to access the childcare provision to which they are entitled.

From 1 November, parents who are temporarily not meeting the minimum income requirement for 30 hours free childcare and/or Tax-Free Childcare as a direct consequence of the coronavirus outbreak will be treated as eligible if they would normally meet the threshold and are in receipt of government coronavirus support schemes, such as CJRS.

Critical workers who exceed the maximum income threshold (of £100,000) due to increased income from work undertaken as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, can continue to take up 30 hours free childcare. DfE have set a new upper threshold of £150,000, which will be effective until the end of the current tax year, on 5 April 2021.

DfE strongly encourage all eligible parents to continue applying for, and reconfirming, their 30 hours free childcare ahead of the 31 December deadline, allowing them to be ready for the spring term. They can do this even if they are not currently accessing their entitlement, which ensures a smooth transition for them and their children back into childcare when possible.

Read the guidance