Can I get help with my Childcare Costs?

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

15 Hours Free Childcare - (For eligible 2 year olds)

• For families in England, receiving some forms of support
• With 2-year-old children
• 15 hours of free childcare or early education a week

For more information, please click on the link below.

15 Hours Free Childcare


15 Hours Free Childcare - (Universal Entitlement for ALL 3 & 4 year olds)

• For all families in England
• With 3 and 4-year-old children
• 15 hours of free childcare or early education a week

For more information, please click on the link below.

15 Hours Free Childcare for ALL 3 & 4 year olds


30 Hours Free Childcare - (For eligible 3 & 4 year olds)

• For working families in England
• With 3 and 4-year-old children
• An extra 15 hours a week of free childcare - so 30 in all

If eligible, you're entitled to an extra 570 hours of free childcare a year to use flexibly, so 1140 hours in total.

For more information, please click on the link below.

30 Hours Free Childcare
 
Childcare Vouchers - (Age 0 - 15)

• For working families, in the UK
• With children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)
• Up to £933 a year in tax and National Insurance savings

If your employer offers childcare vouchers or arranges your childcare, you can get up to £933 a year in tax and National Insurance savings.

For more information, please click on the link below.

Childcare Vouchers

Support while you study

• Weekly payments from Care to Learn if you’re at school or sixth-form college
• Help through your college if you’re in further education
• A weekly grant if you’re in full-time higher education

For more information, please click on the link below.

Support while you study

Tax - Free Childcare 

• For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
• With children under 12 (or under 17 if disabled)
• For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child

For more information, please click on the link below.

Tax Free Childcare
 
 

Tax Credits for Childcare - (Age 0 - 15)

• For working families, in the UK
• With children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)
• 70% of childcare costs, up to a cap

If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit, and you and any partner are working at least 16 hours a week each, you can claim back up to 70% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16 (or under 17 for disabled children). Depending on your income, you could get up to £122.50 a week for one child or £210 for two or more.

For more information, please click on the link below.

Tax Credits for Childcare 

Universal Credit - (Age 0 - 15)

• For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland and Wales
• With children under 16
• 85% of eligible childcare costs, up to a cap

If you, and any partner, are working, or you’re due to start work, and you’re claiming Universal Credit, you can claim back up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16. You could get up to £646 a month for one child, or £1,108 for two or more.

For more information, please click on the link below.

Universal Credit for Childcare

Last updated: 11 September 2017 11:06:34