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Paying for Childcare

Paying for Childcare can be costly and confusing to say the least. There are many different options to help parents with the cost of childcare fees. Some are available to all parents and some have specific requirements based on personal circumstances. we have put together some information for you to help you find the best options for your family.

Childcare Choices is a government website with lots of information for parents and carers about how to get support to pay towards childcare fees, you can either visit the page or see below for more information, www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. On the website they have a childcare cost calculator which you can fill in and this will show you what help you may be entitled to, this is available at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator?utm_source=childcarechoices&utm_medium=microsite 

Tax-Free Childcare:

This is available to all working families, including the self-employed (in the UK), who have children under the age of 12 years (or under 17 if disabled). It can be used to pay towards childcare fees, wrap around care, before and after school care and holiday care. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year. More information can be found at;

https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare?utm_source=childcarechoices&utm_medium=microsite

2 year old funding:

What is it and who gets it?
Specific criteria needs to be met in order to access this funding, see below for eligibility details.

15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks                                                                                                                               

A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider.                         

Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week.

Are we eligible?

If the family claims any one of the following, the answer is yes:

Income Support
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
Child Tax Credit and have an Annual income not over £16,190 (CTC)
Working Tax Credit and have an Annual income not over £16,190 (WTC)
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Universal Credit and have a net annual household earnings below £15,400 (this means your take-home pay from any paid employment, after Income Tax and NI contributions have been deducted)

When will my child be eligible?

If your child is born between:

1 January - 31 March, funded places can start in the summer term (from 1 April)
1 April - 31 August, funded places can start in the autumn term (from 1 September)
1 September - 31 December, funded places can start in the spring term (from 1 January)

What isn't covered?
The 15 hours of free childcare/early education for two-year-olds is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips). Providers may charge a fee for these additions. If you choose to pay for these it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 15 hours place, and must be offered alternative options.

How to apply:

For settings in Staffordshire; https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Children-and-early-years/Childcare/think2/Apply-Online.aspx

For settings in Cheshire East; https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/looking-after-someone/childcare/free-early-education-feee-2yr-old.aspx

3 and 4 year old funding:

15 hours Universal Funding:

Is available to all families in England with 3 and 4-year-old children                                                                                                                       

15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks                                                                                                                                       

A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider                                                                           

Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

30 hour funding

Is available for working families in England with 3 and 4-year-old children                                                                                                          

30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks                                                                                                                                      

A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider                                                                  

Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Further information or to apply online please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or follow the link; https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare?utm_source=childcarechoices&utm_medium=microsite

Other options for help towards paying for childcare include:

Tax Credits for childcare:

For working families, in the UK

With children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)

70% of childcare costs, up to a cap

If you cannot make a new claim for Tax Credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.

 Universal Credit for Childcare:

For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

With children under 17

85% of eligible childcare costs, up to a cap

Support while you study:

Weekly payments from Care to Learn if you’re at school or sixth-form college

Help through your college if you’re in further education

A weekly grant if you’re in full-time higher education

How does this work?

You could get weekly payments through Care to Learn -  if you're under 20 at the start of a publicly-funded course, such as a school or sixth form. https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn?utm_source=childcarechoices&utm_medium=microsite
You can apply for Discretionary Learner Support -  to pay for childcare if you're 19 or over and in further education, for example, if you're studying for an NVQ, BTEC or PGCE. https://www.gov.uk/learner-support?utm_source=childcarechoices&utm_medium=microsite
You can apply for a Childcare Grant -  if you're in full-time higher education to pay for childcare costs for children under 15 (or under 17 if they have special needs). https://www.gov.uk/childcare-grant?utm_source=childcarechoices&utm_medium=microsite


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