With the Government's drive to reduce the cost of childcare for parents, learn more about what the latest plans to improve the cost, choice and availability of childcare mean.
You can get up to £500 every three months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the cost of childcare.
There is more information about Tax-Free Childcare available here: Tax-Free Childcare - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
30-hours free childcare
Eligible working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children can receive 30 hours of free childcare a week.
There is more information about 30hrs Free Childcare available here: 30 hours free childcare - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
15-hours free childcare
Families in England who have 2 year old children and are on certain benefits can get 15 hours of free childcare a week.
All families with children aged 3 and 4 can also access 15 hours of free childcare a week.
There is more information about free childcare here: Help paying for childcare: Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and here: Help paying for childcare: 15 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
You can claim Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:
- Under 16
- Under 20 if they stay in approved education or training
- Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
- It’s paid every 4 weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.
You can claim Child Benefit here: Claim Child Benefit: How to claim - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Claim back childcare costs
You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit, with up to £646 back each month for one child or £1,108 for 2 or more children.
You can find out more about claiming back childcare costs here: Help paying for childcare: Childcare you can get help paying for - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Claim Healthy Start vouchers
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be able to get help to buy healthy food and milk.
There is more information about claiming Healthy Start Vouchers here: Healthy Start - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Sure Start Maternity Grant
You could claim a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child.
There is more information about claiming the Sure Start Maternity Grant here: Sure Start Maternity Grant: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)