Parents must make an online application through the HMRC website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
A gateway account will be created for you and successful applicants will receive an 11 digit code. Parents must present this code to their childcare provider to claim the extended funded hours.
Anyone who has difficulty with the online application process, or does not agree that they are not eligible should contact the HMRC Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.
From September 2018, foster carers can apply for fostered children.
Foster carers do not need to apply online and must contact the related social worker/ key worker who will make and support an application to the local authority for the extended 15 hours on your behalf.
Successful applicants will receive a confirmation letter from Staffordshire County Council with an 11 digit number that begins “400”. This letter must be presented to your childcare provider.