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Help with Paying for Childcare

Families often struggle with the cost of childcare because they are unaware that there is support out there to help them, or they believe that they will not be eligible to receive any assistance.

There are various benefits and schemes designed to help families meet this challenge.

The table below gives you an overview of what may be available to you. 

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Turn 2 Us, a national charity have created an online benefits calculator. which offers bespoke information dependent upon your circumstances. 

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Find out if you are eligible for Government help with childcare costs for parents, whether you have toddlers or teens, and apply online on the Childcare Choices website.

If you would like further information and advice and would like to speak to one of our advisors please telephone our advice line on 0300 500 80 80

Level of Support

Recipient Group

Date Available

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 Two-Year-Old Funding

Up to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year, usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

Families receiving relevant benefits (see further information), if child is "looked after", has an Educational Health & Care Plan or is receiving Disability Living Allowance.

Present

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Three & Four-Year-Old Funding

Up to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year, usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

All families.

Present

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Extended Entitlement (30 hours)

An additional 570 hours in addition to the 3 & 4-year-old entitlement.

Available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.

Present

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Tax Free Childcare

20% of childcare costs up to a maximum of £2,000 per year. Families of children with SEND receive help up to a maximum of £4,000 per year.

Working parents not in receipt of tax credits/Universal Credit whose gross household income is higher than a specified minimum threshold but less than £100,000 per parent.

Present

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Childcare Element of

Working Tax Credit

70% of childcare costs up to a maximum of £175 per week for 1 child or £300 per week for 2 or more children. Families receiving housing or council tax benefit get extra help, amounting to about 96% of costs in England.

Nearly 400,000 low income working families.

Present

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Universal Credit

85% of childcare costs, with same maximum levels as Working Tax Credit, although no extra help for those receiving housing benefit.

Low income working parents

Present

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Childcare Vouchers

Worth up to £55 per week for basic rate tax-payers.

Cannot continue to claim childcare vouchers if you successfully apply for Tax-Free Childcare

Working parents, but not self-employed and usually excludes those receiving tax credits.

Scheme now closed to new applicants

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Care to Learn

£175 in London and £160 per week outside

Parents under 20 at school or in further education

Presently available

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 Learner Support

Discretionary. Your learning provider (for example, a college) decides how much you get.

The money can help pay for things like:

  • accommodation and travel
  • course materials and equipment
  • childcare

Parents aged 19 or over, on a further education course and facing financial hardship

Presently available

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Childcare Grant

You can get 85% of your childcare costs or a fixed maximum amount, whichever is less:

For academic year 2019 to 2020

  • up to £169.31 a week for 1 child
  • up to £290.70 a week for 2 or more children.

For academic year 2020 to 2021

  • up to£174.22 a week for 1 child
  • up to £298.69 a week for 2 or more children.

Parents in full-time higher education who are eligible for student finance

Presently available

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Disability Access Fund

£615 a year per child for Early Years providers in Nottinghamshire

Where a three or four year old child is taking up a place and the child is in receipt of DLA and the child is taking up their early years funded entitlement (either some hours or all hours of their entitlement)

Presently available

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