Tax free childcare

For working families with children under 12 (17 if disabled); an extra £2 for every £8 you pay in.
Universal Credit

For working families claiming Universal Credit with children under 16; 85% of childcare.
Tax credits

For working families with children under 16 (under 17 if disabled); 70% of childcare costs.
15 hours for 2 year olds

For families with 2 year old children; 15 hours of funded childcare for 38 weeks.
15 hours 3 and 4 year olds

For families with 3 and 4 year old children; 15 hours of funded childcare for 38 weeks.
30 hours 3 and 4 year olds

Working families with 3 and 4 year old children; 30 hours of funded childcare for 38 weeks.
Support while you study

For parents at sixth form or in full-time higher or further education.
Calculator

Use the GOV.UK childcare calculator to work out if you're eligible for support.

Are you a grandparent or family member who provides childcare for a child under 12 years old?

If you're a grandparent or relative who has taken early retirement to look after a relative's child, you could get National Insurance (NI) credits to protect your pension. Find out more about Specified Adult Childcare credits.

Contact us

Contact us if you need advice on finding childcare or funding:

Family Information Service - Dorset Council

Email: familyinfo@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221066
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