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:
Free Early Education and Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
All 3 and 4 year olds are
entitled to free part-time early education from the term after
their 3rd birthday until the term in which they turn
5. Your child can receive a maximum of 15 hours per week for
38 weeks a year.
Free Early Education and Childcare for 2 year olds
Some 2 year
olds may be entitled to up to 15 hours per week of free early
education and childcare if their family is in receipt of certain
income based benefits.
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
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
• 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 carers allowance.
• 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 childcare
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.
For more information about your childcare choices please go