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.
Sources of help on offer include:
- Two Year Old Funding: Up to 15 hours of free early learning and childcare for eligible families.
- Three and Four Year Old Funding
- Working Tax Credits (childcare element)
- Childcare vouchers (from your employer)
- 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
- 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 2015 : 10 things parents should know
- The Family and Childcare Trust website offers information on childcare costs
'Funded Early Education Choice Framework' - this guide (produced by the Department for Education) explains how a child can take up a funded early education place, what information is available to parents and how to complain. The document is available via the GOV UK website