The application needs to be done online and there are certain eligibility requirements. Eligibility depends on if the parent(s) are working, how much is being earned, the child’s circumstances and nationality.
This free childcare can be received at the same time as claiming universal credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.
This free childcare can be claimed if the parent(s) are in work, on sick or annual leave or on parental , maternity, paternity or adoption leave.
It may still be possible to be eligible if one of the partners is working and the claiming partner is receiving incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, carer’s allowance or employment and support allowance.