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Help with childcare costs for working parents

There are a range of financial help available towards the cost of childcare for working parents/carers and those studying or in training.

Tax-free childcare

Tax-free childcare is a new government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs.

Parents will be able to open an online childcare account to pay their registered childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay into these accounts, the government will add £2, and the total amount in the account can only be spent on childcare.

Parents can receive up to £2000 of government support per child, per year, or £4000 for disabled children.

For further details see Get tax free childcare: Step by step

Working Tax Credit

If you claim Working Tax Credit (WTC), you may be able to get help with childcare costs while you work. To get this help, the childcare must be with an Ofsted registered child care provider. Working Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.

For further information please visit the following website

New Working Tax Credit claims

Working Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people.

You can only make a new claim for Working Tax Credit if you get the severe disability premium or got it in the past month and are still eligible for it.

If you cannot make a new claim for Working Tax Credit, you may be able to apply for:

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs.

You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work. Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK.

For further details see universal credit

Childcare vouchers and other employer schemes

The following schemes are closed to new applicants:

  • childcare vouchers
  • childcare your employer arranges with a provider (known as ‘directly contracted childcare’)

If you joined one of these schemes on or before 4 October 2018 you might be able to keep getting vouchers or directly contracted childcare.

For further information please visit the following website

Families Information Service

Lines open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays. Telephone: 020 8901 2690 (option 1)

Address: Civic Centre
Station Road
Harrow
HA1 2UW