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Financial support and help with childcare costs

Understanding the different types of financial support avaliable can be difficult especially if you are a parent or carer.

Find below lots of information to help you understand the different types of financial support avaliable to help you with the cost of childcare and who is eligible.

Help with childcare costs

Lists the most common benefits and how to get in touch with the relevant organisations, including: 

  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Employer supported childcare
  • Tax Free Childcare
  • Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds (including the 30 hours extended entitlement)
  • Benefits you can claim if you are studying and have a baby

Childcare Choices from GOV.UK

All about Government help with childcare costs, including 15 to 30 hours free childcare, Tax Free Childcare, Tax Credits, Universal Credit, vouchers and support while you study.

Childcare Calculator

Check what help you could get with childcare costs by using the online calculator from GOV.UK.  

Free Early Learning for 2 Year Olds

Free Early Learning for 2 Year Olds is funding for childcare sessions for 15 hours per week, 38 weeks of the year from the term after their 2nd birthday and is available to families who are accessing certain benefits and meet the relevant criteria.  It is not an entitlement for every 2 year old.

Early education / free childcare for 3 and 4 Year Olds - 15 hours

Early education / free childcare is available to all 3 and 4 year olds, entitling them to 15 hours per week (during term time) early education / free childcare place from the beginning of the term following their third birthday.   

30 hours free childcare - 3 and 4 year old extended entitlement

Details and how to apply for the 30 hours a week free childcare (during term time) for 3 and 4 year olds whose parents are working -  Starting September 2017.

Tax free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a new Government scheme that is gradually being introduced during 2017 to help working families with their childcare costs.  Parents will be able to open online childcare accounts to pay their registered childcare providers directly and the government will add to the account.

If you would like more information on financial support or help with childcare costs contact Sandwell Family Information Service 0121 569 4914.