Help with childcare costs

Tax-free childcare

You can get up to £2,000 a year for each child to help with the cost of childcare.

Tax-Free Childcare – GOV.UK (

30 hours funded childcare

If you’re working and have a child aged 3 or 4 you can get 30 hours of funded childcare a week.

Homepage | HMRC Childcare Choices

Child benefit

You can claim Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:

  • under 16
  • under 20 if they stay in approved education or training

Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.

It’s paid every 4 weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.

Child Benefit: How it works – GOV.UK (

Claim back childcare costs

If you’re eligible for Universal Credit You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs.

Universal Credit childcare costs – GOV.UK (

Help when you’re pregnant

Free school meals

If you’re on a low income and receive certain benefits, your child can get free school meals.

School meals are a good way to make sure your child eats well at lunchtime and can save you time and money.