We know that childcare can be expensive and paying the bills that follow it can be tough. We have put together the below information that we hope helps you understand what is available.
Tax-Free Childcare is a scheme set up by HMRC. Parents are able to open an online account, which you can pay into to cover the cost of childcare with a registered provider. This will be done through the Directgov website.
You’ll be able to apply for all your children at the same time, when your youngest child becomes eligible.
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:
You may also be able to claim:
You can apply for Working Tax Credit even if you’re on leave or about to start a new job.
The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study and the costs go straight to the childcare provider. In Derby you may be entitled up to £160 per week You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course. The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England. This includes courses in:
Care to Learn can help with the cost of:
You can contact the Families Information Service for any specific queries should you not know what you are entitled to. You can find our contact details at the bottom of the page. You can also use the online calculator to find out what you can access.