Can I get help with my childcare?

Government help with childcare costs for parents.. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

 

15 Hours Funded Childcare - (For Eligible 2 Year Olds)

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

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15 Hours Funded Childcare - (Universal Entitlement for ALL 3 & 4 Year Olds)

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

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30 Hours Funded 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 funded childcare - so 30 in all

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

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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

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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

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Tax Credits - (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 cannot make a new claim for Tax Credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.

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.

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Universal Credit - (Age 0 - 16)

• For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland and Wales
• With children under 17
• 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.

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If you're not sure which scheme would be right for you, you can check what help you can get with childcare costs using the Gov.uk childcare calculator. You can also use the childcare choices website to find out more about the schemes available. 

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Last updated: 22 October 2019 09:57:17