Help With Childcare Costs

Modified on Fri, 17 Nov 2023 at 01:30 PM


Help With Childcare Costs

There are a number of different options that are available to help pay for childcare costs. Listed below is a few that can be used.

Tax Free Childcare

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year). 

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.


Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • your income (and your partner’s income, if you have one)
  • your child’s age and circumstances
  • your immigration status

Click the link for more information and to create you account;


Childcare Grant Payment Service

This is part of your student finance application. 

To apply for a Childcare Grant follow these steps:

  • Apply online as part of your main student finance application.
  • Send in evidence. You’ll be told what evidence you need to provide when you apply.
  • You’ll be sent a letter telling you how much Childcare Grant you’ll get.
  • Create an online account with the Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS). You’ll get an email telling you how to set one up. Your grant will be paid into this account.

Click the link for more information and information on creating you account;


Universal Credit Reimbursement

You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.

You (and your partner if you live with them) will usually need to either:

  • be working - it does not matter how many hours you or your partner work
  • have a job offer

Click the link for more information;


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