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Help with childcare costs

​​​​​Childcare can be expensive but help is available

More information about other Tax Credits

  • Child Tax Cred​it- you may be able to claim if you're responsible for children under the age of 20. ​
  • Working Tax Cr​edit - you could get Working Tax Credit if either you’re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability or you’re 25 or over, with or without children

Other help you may be entitled to

  • Childcare vouchers - offered by some employers to help with childcare costs.
  • Free Early Education - available for eligible 2 year-olds and all 3 and 4 year-olds.
  • Work Preparation Supp​ort - can help with childcare costs when moving from benefits to a job. There's help for both parents and carers.
  • Care to Lea​rn -  if you're under 20, a parent and studying a course, this scheme can help pay for your childcare and travel costs up to £160 a week.
  • Discretionary L​​earner Support - if you’re aged 19 or over, on a further education course and facing financial hardship, you could get Discretionary Learner Support (DLS).
  • Childcare Grant - you may be eligible for help with your learning costs if you are a full-time higher education student and have children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs.
  • Parent's Learni​​ng Allowance - you may be eligible for help with your learning costs if you’re a full-time student with children. How much you get depends on your household income.

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