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Childcare funding options


15 hours for 2 year olds

15 hours free childcare for 2 year olds

For families with 2 year old children; 15 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks.

15 hours 3 and 4 year olds

15 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

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

30 hours 3 and 4 year olds

30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Working families with 3 and 4 year old children; 30 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks.

Tax free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare

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


Tax credits

Tax Credits for childcare

For working families with children under 16 (17 if disabled); 70% of childcare costs.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit for childcare

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

Support while you study

Support while you study

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

Calculator

Childcare 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.

Find information about childcare funding if you live in Christchurch

Find out about help paying for childcare if you live in Christchurch.

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