If you need help to cover the cost of childcare, you will find more information about some of the options available on these pages.
You can also use the government’s childcare calculator to see what you might be entitled to.
If your child is aged two, three or four you might be able to get free early education and childcare. How much you get, depends on the age of your child and your circumstances.
Tax-free childcare is a government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs.
You could get Tax-Free Childcare if you and your partner:
If you are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.
You can get up to £2,000 per child, per year, or up to £4,000 a year for disabled children.
Working Tax Credit is available to help with childcare costs while you work.
The basic amount you can receive is up to £2,005 a year, plus an extra amount that is dependent on things like your circumstances and income.
You can only make a claim for Working Tax Credit if you already get Child Tax Credit.
Universal Credit is a monthly payment you may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
How much Universal Credit you can get will depend on your earnings and circumstances.