Help with costs

There is a new government website to help families with childcare costs.

There are a variety of schemes available for families of all incomes and the online calculator can help you to work out what you may be eligible for.

To find out more visit:

Options available include:

2 year olds: 15 hours free childcare

  • For families receiving some forms of support

3 & 4 year olds: 15 hours free childcare

  • For all families

3 & 4 year olds: 30 hours free childcare

  • For all working families where both parents work at least 16 hours each at minimum/living wage

Birth – 11 years: Tax Free Childcare

  • For working families, including the self-employed
  • With children under 12 (or under 17 if disabled)
  • For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child

Birth – 15 year: Tax Credits for Childcare / Universal Credits for Childcare

  • For low income working families

Birth – 15 year: Childcare Vouchers

  • Those registered with the childcare vouchers scheme prior to 4thOctober 2018 if their child remains eligible

Support while you study

  • Weekly payments from Care to Learn if you’re at school or sixth-form college
  • Help through your college if you’re in further education
  • A weekly grant if you’re in full-time higher education