Help with paying for your childcare

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The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. 

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.  Take a look at the new Childcare Choices website for more information.  

Early education for two year olds

Eligible parents may be able to claim up to 15 hours a week of free childcare for their 2 year old at different childcare settings across the district.

Early education for 3 and 4 year olds

All parents can claim up to 15 hours a week of free childcare for their 3 or 4 year old until they enter reception at school. Many parents can also claim up to 30 hours a week.

Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit

Parents may be able to get extra help with ‘registered’ or ‘approved’ childcare costs by claiming the childcare element of Working Tax Credit.

Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work, if they want to, to provide greater security for their families.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers are a government initiative to help all working parents save money paying for childcare, regardless of their income.

Other sources of financial support

Other benefits, some of which you may be able to claim as the parent of a child with additional needs, include:

Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who is under 16 and has difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability

Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is for people who are looking after a sick or disabled person who is claiming certain benefits.

Child Tax Credit

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re under 16 or under 20 and in eligible education or training.  You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.

Working Tax Credit

You could get Working Tax Credit if you’re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability or you’re 25 or over, with or without children.  You must have paid work a certain number of hours a week and have an income below a certain level.

Care to Learn Funding

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.  You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course.

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