Free Childcare

We know that covering the cost of childcare isn’t always easy, so we’re really pleased to tell you about the government’s funding available for eligible 2 year and all 3 to 4 year olds that will reduce your childcare costs.

The different funding available, depends on a number of eligibility requirements.

 

Every family is different so if you have any questions please contact us.

 

Our management team will be more than happy to go through what's available to you and help tailor a package that will work with you and your child.

We've put together an overview of the different funding available below.

(Further information can be found at (https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/)

30 Hours Free Childcare (children aged 3 & 4)

  • For working families in England

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children

  • 30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more
    childcare provider

  • We also allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over the entire year, using fewer hours per week

 

15 Hours Free Childcare (children aged 3 & 4)

  • For all families in England

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

  • We also allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over the entire year, using fewer hours per week

 

15 Hours Free Childcare (children aged 2)

  • For families in England, receiving some forms of support

  • With 2-year-old children

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

  • We also allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over the entire year, using fewer hours per week

 

Tax-Free Childcare (Age 0-11 or 16 if disabled)

  • For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK

  • 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 per year 

 

Tax credits for childcare (Age 0-15 or 16 if disabled)

  • For working families, in the UK

  • With children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)

  • 70% of childcare costs, up to a cap

 

Universal credit for childcare (Age 0-15)

  • For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland and Wales

  • With children under 16

  • 85% of eligible childcare costs, up to a cap

 

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