Help with costs
2 year olds
Eligible families can get funded childcare for 15 hours a week for the equivalent of 38 weeks per year (or 570 hours per year). Only households meeting the earnings criteria are eligible. This is known as Think2 in Staffordshire.
3 and 4 year olds
All 3 and 4 year olds can get funded childcare for 15 hours a week for the equivalent of 38 weeks per year (or 570 hours per year). Your child does not have to attend full-time or even part-time to qualify for this.
30 Hour Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
Some families who meet the earnings criteria could get an extra 15 hours of funded childcare.
Find out more about help with childcare costs and what is best for your family through HMRC's new and easy to use website.
Information is available on new schemes:
- 30 Hours Funded Childcare and making an application.
- Tax Free Childcare.
Parents will also be able to use an online calculator to find out about the best savings for your family.
Tax Free Childcare
The government has rolled out the new Tax Free Childcare scheme. Working families can make savings on childcare costs.
This means you will not need to register through your employer or a voucher company to make savings. You will be able to register online and save up to £2000 per year, per child. Every £8 you pay in, the government will top it up with an extra £2.00. Find out more
Working Tax Credits
Families who claim Working Tax Credits could receive additional help with their childcare costs. This could be for up to:
- £122.50 per week for 1 child or
- £210 per week for 2 or more children.
You could also get help with your childcare costs if you are on Universal Credit.
Childcare Vouchers is money an employee pays into the scheme via their employer and is deducted from the salary. You do not pay tax or national insurance on the payments and this will is the saving.
This scheme is now closed to new applicants unless:
- your wages were adjusted on or before 4 October 2018
- you stayed with the same employer and they continued to run the scheme
- you do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year
But any employees who were paying into a Childcare Vouchers before 4th October 2018 can continue with the scheme.
Other options available instead of Childcare Vouchers is Tax Free Childcare.
Help while you study
Parents under 20
Are you a parent aged under 20 years? Are you studying for a publicly funded course at sixth form or college? You might 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.
Discretionary Learner Support
Are you are a parent aged 19 years or over and studying for an NVQ, BTEC or PGCE? You could get help with childcare costs through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
You would apply for this through your college. How much you get depends on your circumstances.
Are you a parent in full time higher education? You can apply for help with childcare costs through the Childcare Grant scheme. You could get up to 85% of your costs paid. Any help you receive will be on top of your student finance and you do not have to pay it back.
Further information is available for the childcare grant and how to apply to Student Finance England.
If you need any further information, please get in contact.