Somerset County Council

Reconfirming your 30 hours and tax-free eligibility


You will need to reconfirm you are still eligible for 30 hours and Tax- Free Childcare every three months, using your childcare service account, even if you have not yet taken up your place. It’s easy to do; if your details have not changed you just tick a box to confirm this. You’ll be reminded to do this 4 weeks before the reconfirmation deadline. It’s important you let HMRC know if your circumstances have changed, as they will be checked against other systems.

If you miss the reconfirmation deadline, you will receive a message telling you that your eligibility has lapsed. You should go into your childcare account and reconfirm.

Sign in to your account

What happens if you reconfirm and are no longer eligible
If you are no longer eligible for 30 hours, you will enter a grace period where you may be able to retain your 30 hours childcare place for a short period of time. 

You will not be able to claim the extended entitlement if you start at a provider when you are already in your Grace Period.

Parent receives ineligible decision on 

Grace period end date

Between 1 January and 10 February 

31 March 

Between 11 February and 31 March 

31 August 

Between 1 April and 26 May 

31 August 

Between 27 May and 31 August 

31 December 

Between 1 September and 21 October 

31 December 

Between 22 October and 31 December 

31 March 

If the grace period has expired and you have not met the eligibility criteria again, you would only be able to access the universal entitlement (570 hours per year). You can reapply for the extended hours if you meet the eligibility criteria again in the future. 

Your entitlement to the extended hours will stop

  • when your child reaches compulsory school age
  • when your child attends a reception place in a maintained school or academy

If you are no longer eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, you can still use the money in your account (including the top-up you accrued while you were eligible) to pay your provider. You can also continue to use your account to pay your provider in future, but you won’t get the government top-up.


Contact: Early Years Commissioning
Address: B2 South, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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