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Help with Childcare Costs

If your child is aged two, three or four you might be able to get free early education and childcare. Please ask one of our Nursery Managers for details, or contact the Job Centre or the Tax Office for an application pack.

Since April 2017 the Government has introduced new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers.

Two Year Olds

You can get free childcare for a two year old if you receive certain benefits, if your child has a disability, or if they have been looked after by the local authority. If you are eligible, you can get 15 hours of free childcare a week for 38 weeks a year (570 hours in total).

Three and Four Year Olds

All three and four year olds can get 15 hours of free childcare a week for 38 weeks a year (570 hours in total) until the child starts reception year at school. You might be able to get an additional 15 hours of free childcare a week if you are in work, giving you a total of 30 hours a week for 38 weeks a year (1140 hours in total). To be eligible for this, you must be a single parent in work, or part of a couple where both parents are in work, and:

  • You, or you and your partner, must earn at least 16 hours per week at the minimum wage (if you are under 25) or the Living Wage (if you are over 25)
  • Neither of you must earn more than £100,000 per year

If you do not meet the earnings criteria, you may still be eligible if:

  • You are in a couple and your partner earns enough, but you do not because you are a carer, you are ill or disabled, or you are on parental leave, annual leave or sick leave.
  • You are self-employed and you started your business in the past 12 months.

Tax Free Childcare

Tax Free Childcare is paid to help parents in work with the cost of childcare.

For full details of help towards childcare costs visit the Childcare Choices website.

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