Help with childcare costs
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get help paying for childcare.
All 3 and 4 year olds in Staffordshire are entitled to up to 15 hours per week of free childcare (term times only) from the term a child's 3rd birthday. You do not have to attend the childcare setting full-time or even part-time to qualify for this. You can simply attend the setting for your free places, providing the setting has places available. More about free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds.
We are running a pilot scheme in the county to provide up to 15 hours a week worth of funded childcare/early education during term time. Only children meeting the criteria are eligible. More about the criteria for free childcare for 2 year olds.
You may be eligable to claim for tax credits. The main tax credits for families are Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, 9 out of 10 families with children are entitled to receive tax credits. These can make a significant difference to you and your family. Please visit the HM Revenue and Customs website where you will find further details.
HM Revenues and Customs provides an online Childcare Vouchers and Tax Credits better off Calculator to help you decide which choice is best for you dependent on your financial circumstances.
If you are a parent aged under 19 years and are continuing a course at school or at college you may be able to get help with the costs of registered childcare through the Care to Learn Scheme. Call the Learner Support helpline on 0800 121 8989 for more information.
Telephone: 0300 111 8007
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