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Childcare Costs

Childcare Costs

What help can you get with childcare costs?

Use this calculator on the government website to find out how much you could get towards approved childcare, including:

  • free childcare for children aged between 2 and 4

  • help with childcare costs if your child is under 16 (or under 17 and disabled)



To check if you are eligible for 30 free hours a week, or Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll need to know the working hours and income for yourself (and your partner, if you have one).

You’ll also need to give information about your children, including:

  •          their dates of birth

  •          what you think your weekly or monthly approved childcare costs might be or what they are

  •          any benefits they get

It should take around 5 minutes to complete.

Tax-Free Childcare

Did you know you can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare?

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

Lots more information about eligibility and how to apply etc. is available at www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare

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