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Childcare funding

Depending on your family's circumstances, e.g. your household income, whether you are in work or returning to work, the age of your children, financial assistance may be available to help towards your childcare costs.

If you apply for Tax-Free Childcare, you won't be able to get:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • childcare vouchers from your employer

Your Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit payments will stop automatically if you successfully apply for Tax-Free Childcare.


Sources of help on offer include:

  • Free childcare and early education - for two year olds:  Up to 15 hours of free early learning and childcare for eligible families.

  • Free childcare and early education - for three and four year olds: 570 hours of free early education and childcare over 38 weeks of the year.

  • 30 hours free childcare - for eligible working families with children aged three and four years.

  • Care to Learn: Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare costs while you learn, if you're under 20.

  • Childcare Grant:  If you're a full-time higher education student with dependent children, you may be able to get extra financial help.

  • Universal Credit for childcare: You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.

  • Childcare vouchers (from your employer)

  • Inclusion Grant Scheme: A small grant scheme to help overcome barriers that may stop children and young people accessing group activities or childcare during school holidays.  Please note this discretionary grant scheme only applies to children of primary school age and above, with special educational needs or disability.

  • Student Services:  If you are returning to education, it is worth asking your student services team if they are able to help you with childcare costs

  • Tax-free childcare 

    If you apply for Tax-Free Childcare, you won't be able to get:

    • Child Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • childcare vouchers from your employer

    Your Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit payments will stop automatically if you successfully apply for Tax-Free Childcare.

  • Working Tax Credits (childcare element)



 

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