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Help with paying for childcare

  • Check what help you can get with childcare costs
    View the GOV.UK childcare calculator to estimate how much you could get to help pay for approved childcare
  • Free Childcare for 2-4 Year Olds
  • Tax credits
    Child Tax Credits - many families can get tax credits. Make sure you claim. You don't need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit. Only one household can get Child Tax Credit for a child
    Working Tax Credits - you may be able to claim an extra amount to help cover the costs of approved childcare. Make a Tax Credit enquiry
  • Universal Credit
    You may be able to claim up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit, up to £646 per child per month and up to £1108 for 2 or more children per month
  • Tax Free Childcare
    Eligible working families will open an online childcare account from which their childcare costs will be paid. For every £8 paid in, the government will pay in £2. The scheme is for children up to the age of 12, and 17 for those who are disabled
  • Childcare Vouchers
    Tax free payments from your salary. Your employer needs to sign up for this scheme. You can get information about this from your employer’s HR Department. Depending on how much you spend and when you join the scheme, you can get up to £55 per week. This can affect the amount of Tax Credits you can get. Please use the Government’s Childcare Calculator to see if you would be better off claiming tax credits or taking childcare vouchers

Help with childcare while you study

  • Care to Learn - You must be aged under 20 at the start of the course. You can get up to £175 per child per week if you live in London and £160 per child per week if you live outside London
  • Childcare Grant - if you’re in full-time higher education to pay for childcare cost for children under 15 and under 70 if they have special needs. You may get up to 85% of your childcare costs, up to £159.59 a week for 1 child and £273.60 a week for 2 or more children
  • Parents' Learning Allowance - You may be eligible for help with your learning costs if you’re a full-time student with children. Depending on your household income, in the 2017 to 2018 academic year you could get between £50 and £1,617 a year
  • Discretionary Learner Support - If you’re aged 19 or over and on a further education course. The money can help you with accommodation and travel, course materials and childcare. You can’t claim if you are getting Student Finance for higher education and on a Community Learning course

Children's centre charges

The amount you need to pay depends on your child's age and your income. Most children’s centres charge the fees below.

Band 1: Household income under £25,000 per annum

 

(includes additional places purchased by Social Services)

 

Child age

Full day care

Part time care

Sessional care

Fees per half day

 

Fees per week

Fees per day

 

0-2

£185.50

£41.00

£20.50

 

2-3 full fee

£174.50

£38.50

£19.50

 

2-3 (with Free Entitlement)

£132.00

*

*

 

3-5 full fee

£174.00

£38.33

£19.50

 

3-5 (with Free 15 Hours Entitlement)

£132.50

*

*

 

3-5 (with Free 30 Hours Entitlement)

£76.50

**

**

 

Band 2: Household income between £25,000 and £55,000 per annum.

Child age

Full day care

Part time care

Sessional care

 

Fees per week

Fees per day

Fees per half day

 

0-2

£214.00

£47.50

£23.50

 

2-3 full fee

£203.50

£44.50

£22.50

 

3-5 full fee

£203.50

£44.50

£22.50

 

3-5 (with Free 15 Hours Entitlement)

£154.00

*

*

 

3-5 (with Free 30 Hours Entitlement)

£89.00

**

**

 

Band 3: Household income over £55,000 per annum

 

(includes out of borough places)

 

Child age

Full day care

Part time care

Sessional care

 

Fees per week

Fees per day

Fees per half day

 

0-2

£231.50

£50.50

£25.00

 

2-3 full fee

£220.00

£48.50

£24.00

 

3-5 full fee

£220.00

£48.50

£24.00

 

3-5 (with Free 15 Hours Entitlement)

£167.50

*

*

 

3-5 (with Free 30 Hours Entitlement)

£96.50

**

**

 

The Free 15 hour entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds may be taken as 15 hours over a number of days prescribed by the Centre, over 38 weeks. The free 15 hours may also be stretched over 48 weeks of the year subject to the availability of places.  Additional childcare days or hours may be requested, fees will be payable for the additional days.    

Part time rates for those with Free 15 hours entitlement (marked * above)

 

 Full week

 3 days

 2 days

 Band 1

 £132.50

 £69.00

 £30.50

 Band 2

 £154.50

 £81.00

 £36.50

 Band 3

 £167.50

 £87.50

 £39.50

 

Centres offering term time provision, will offer the free 30 hour entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds over set hours usually 2 or 3 days, for 38 weeks of the year.

Parents requiring in excess of 30 hours per week for more than 38 weeks of the year, will be offered a standard full time place which is defined as 10 hrs per day, 50 hours a week over 48 weeks of the year. A standard full week fee will be charged for 48 weeks of the year.

Part time rates for those with Free 30 hours entitlement over 48 weeks (marked ** above)

 

 Full week

 3 days

 Band 1

 £76.50

 £18.00

 Band 2

 £89

 £21.00

 Band 3

 £96.50

 £23.00

 

 

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