Financial help is available from a variety of sources to assist
you and your family with childcare costs. Many families are
entitled to financial help but are not aware how to claim it or
that they are eligible. Below we have listed some of the help
that is available:
Early Education and Childcare for 2 year olds
Some 2 year olds may be entitled to up to 15 hours per week of
early education and childcare if their family is in receipt of
certain income based benefits.
If you have received a 'Play and Learning Voucher' you are
automatically eligible for 2 year funding and do not need to
apply. Please hand this voucher to your childcare
If you have not received a voucher you may still be
eligible; you can find out more and apply by following this link
Early Education and Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
All three and four year olds get 15 hours of early
education per week for 38 weeks a year.
When can my child get their 15 hours?
If you child goes to an Ofsted registered day nursery,
preschool, independent school or some childminders, they will get
their funding as follows:
| Born between
|| Eligible from
| 1 January and 31 March
||Summer term after Easter holidays (April)
| 1 April and 31 August
||Autumn term (September)
| 1 September and 31 December
||Spring term (January)
30 Hours Childcare
The government is doubling the entitlement to 30 hours a week
(for up to 38 weeks a year) from September 2017. This will
have a significant and positive impact on families and help make
childcare more affordable. The additional hours will be
available to working families that meet the criteria. To find
out more information go to Childcare Choices
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
From April 2015, children who are receiving the 3 & 4 year
old free 15 hour educational entitlement could be eligible for
This means that your child's school, nursery, pre school or
childminder could get up to £300 each year to support your child's
For more information about the following, please go to:
Tax Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare is a new Government scheme to help working
families with their childcare costs.
Working Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit is means tested and available to people who
are employed or self-employed. If you're single you need to do paid
work of at least 16 hours per week. If you're in a couple your
joint paid working hours need to be at least 24 hours a week,
with one of you working at least 16 hours a week.
Child Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit is for people who are responsible for at least
one child under 16 yrs or a young person under 19 yrs in full-time
non advanced education. You do not have to be working to claim this
credit. If your child receives Disability Living Allowance or
is registered blind or had been so in the last 29 weeks you may
receive a higher amount of Child Tax Credits.
Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit
The childcare element of working tax credit is intended to help
working parents on a low income with the costs of registered
childcare. The amount of financial assistance you could receive
will depend on your income, your childcare costs, the number of
children you have and your family circumstances.
To be eligible for the childcare element of Working Tax Credit
- You must have main caring responsibility
for your child/children and you can claim for them up to the first
Saturday in September following their 15th birthday, or 16th if
they are disabled or registered blind.
- You must use registered
- Must be in paid work of 16 or more hours a
week. If you have a partner, you must both be in work for 16
or more hours per week; or one of you must work 16 hours and the
other is incapacitated, in hospital, in prison or entitled to
The childcare element can cover up to 70 per cent of eligible
childcare costs. Maximum costs are currently set at £175 per week
for one child and £300 per week for two or more children.
Employers Support Towards Childcare
Employers can help towards childcare costs in
a number of ways:
- Childcare Vouchers –
Each working parent is entitled to £55 per week (£28 for higher
rate tax payers or £22 for additional rate tax payers) for
registered or approved childcare costs. This amount will be
deducted from your salary and you won’t pay tax or national
insurance on it.
- Childcare subsidies –
This is where the employer provides financial assistance towards
childcare costs in addition to your salary.
- Workplace provision –
The employer is responsible for financing and managing a childcare
provision on or off work premise.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn aims to give financial support to teenage parents
who want to continue their education or training and need help with
the cost of their childcare. This is available to young parents
under 19 years old.