Could you do with some help with childcare costs?

Over a million families are entitled to government-funded childcare support that could be worth thousands of pounds. Find out more.

Whether you have toddlers or school kids, you could get support with your childcare payments.

Did you know for example, that if you’re a working family earning under £100k per parent, you can get up to £2,000 a year per child under 11 (or under 16 if your child is disabled) from the government?

What’s more:

  • In England, families with children aged two and receiving some sort of support are entitled to 15 hours free childcare a week.
  • All families in England with children aged 3-4 are entitled to 15 hours free childcare or early education a week for 38 weeks a year. This could be after school clubs, holiday clubs, pre-school, childminders or nurseries.
  • Working families in England are entitled to 30 hours free childcare or early education a week for 38 weeks, and there are similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Working families in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales receiving Universal Credit and with children under 17, can claim up to 85% of eligible childcare costs.

You can find out more details about these and other discounts you might be entitled to in all parts of the UK. Visit for more information on what support you could receive.

Don’t miss out on the help you could get from the government.

Further reading

We have lots of information on our website about Money and benefits, including Child Benefit and Universal Credit.

A recent IFS study highlighted the effects of cuts to benefits and the cost of living crisis on single mothers. Read more here.

There are also reports that maternity leave is pushing many women into debt. Find out why.