Parents who are working and earning a specified minimum amount can apply for an additional 570 hours of free childcare each year for children who are age 3 to 4 years old.
This may also apply if a parent is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or is unable to work due to a disability or caring responsibilities.
The parent who applies will need to meet a residence requirement by having one of the following:
In two-parent households, only one parent needs to meet the residence requirement. For example, if one parent is a British citizen and the other parent has leave to remain with NRPF, then the British parent can make the application but both parents must meet the requirements relating to employment and earnings. As government funded early education and childcare is not classed as a public fund for immigration purposes, a parent who has no recourse to public funds can be included in an application.
When a single parent or both parents have leave to remain that is subject to the NRPF condition then the parent(s) will not satisfy the residence requirement.
See the government information for the full eligibility requirements that the parent(s) must meet.