Funding

Funding information

Funding can seem daunting

The funding picture can seem daunting and difficult to understand. We have tried to paint a simple picture below. 

15 and 30 hours free childcare

Children aged 2

Where a family are receiving some forms of support, they may be able to receive up to 15 hours of free childcare when their child turns two, for 38 weeks.

This can be used with one or more providers from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September.

Visit GOV.UK for more information.

 

Children aged 3 & 4

15 hours free – for all families

All families of children aged three and four can receive up to 15 hours of free childcare per week, for 38 weeks.

This can be used with one or more providers from 1 January, April or September.

This includes breakfast club and after school club.

 

Children aged 3 & 4

30 hours free – for some families

Where both partners earn at least £139 a week you can receive up to 30 hours of free childcare, for 38 weeks.

(Unless you or your partner individually earn more than £100, 000.)

This can be used with one or more providers from 1 January, April or September.

This includes breakfast club and after school club.

If you or your partner are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or unable to work due to disability or caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.

To keep your 30 hours childcare you need to check your details every 3 months.

Visit GOV.UK for more information.

 

Tax Free Childcare

Children aged 0 – 11 (0-16 with a disability)

Up to £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 with a disability)

Where you, and any partner, are over 16 and earn on average at least £139 a week.

Up to £2,000 per child per year to spend on regulated childcare. This includes breakfast club and after school club.

If your child has a disability, the amount increases to up to £4,000.

For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add £2, up to £2,000 per year.

(Unless you or your partner individually earn more than £100, 000.)

If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. 

You can use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as receiving 15 or 30 hours free childcare.

Not available to families receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.

The childcare voucher scheme is no longer open for new applicants.

 

Universal Credit

Children aged 0 – 16

Up to 85% of eligible childcare costs

Where you, and any partner, are working, or due to start work, and are claiming Universal Credit. 

Up to 85% of eligible childcare costs for registered childminders, nurseries, and nannies, afterschool clubs, playschemes, schools and home careworkers working for a registered agency.

The childcare cost element in Universal Credit is paid up to the end of August following the child’s 16th birthday

Not available to families who are receiving Tax Credits or Tax-Free Childcare.

Whether you can claim will depend on your personal circumstances. 

Use a benefits calculator to find out what you could get.

Universal Credit is replacing a number of benefits, including tax credits. If you are already receiving tax credits then you don’t need to do anything now. 

 

Support while you study

At school or sixth form college

You could get weekly payments from Care to Learn if you are under 20 at the start of a publicly funded course such as school or sixth form.

 

If you are 19 or over in further education

You can apply for Discretionary Learner Support to pay for childcare if you are 19 or over and in further education for example, studying for an NVQ, BTEC or PGCE.

 

Childcare for children under 15 (or 17 with special needs)

You can apply for a Childcare Grant if you are in full time higher education to pay for childcare costs for children under 15 (17 if they have special needs).

For further information on the funding listed, please give us a call or visit: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

 

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