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Help paying for childcare

The cost of childcare can seem daunting, but there are a number of schemes available to parents and carers to help with childcare costs.


Funded childcare

15 hours funded childcare for eligible 2-year-olds

This is for low-income families in Derbyshire, receiving some form of support, with 2-year-old children.

To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for your 2-year-old you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria.

You can get 15 hours of funded childcare or early education for 38 weeks. Or 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

Two-year-olds can also receive funded childcare if they:

If you're a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits, you may also be able to access the funded hours.

Find out more about free childcare for 2-year-olds.

15 hours funded childcare for all 3 and 4-year-olds

Fifteen hours of funded childcare is available for all families in Derbyshire with 3 and 4-year-old children.

You can get 15 hours of funded childcare for 38 weeks. Or 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.

Find out more about free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds.

30 hours funded childcare for eligible 3 and 4-year-olds

This is for working families with 3 and 4-year-old children.

You can receive 30 hours of funded childcare for 38 weeks. Or 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.

Find out more about 30 hours free childcare.

Additional help towards childcare costs

Tax-free childcare (age 0 to 11)

Tax-free childcare is for working families, including the self-employed, in the UK, who earn under £100,000 and at least £152 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each:

  • who aren't receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit, or childcare vouchers
  • with children aged 0 to 11 (or 0 to 16 if disabled)

For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year.

It can be used to pay for registered providers, including breakfast, after-school, and holiday clubs.

It can be used alongside the funded hours for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds for any additional hours needed.

Find out more about tax-free childcare.

Tax Credits (age 0 to 15)

For working families, in the UK who are an existing tax credits customer with children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled).

Tax credits are closed to new applications for most people from 1 February 2019. If you cannot make a new claim for Tax Credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.

You can claim back up to 70% of your eligible childcare costs.

Tax credits can be used alongside the funded hours for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds for any additional hours needed.

Find out more about tax credits and childcare.

Universal Credit (0 to 16)

For working families claiming Universal Credit with children under 17 who aren't receiving Tax-Free Childcare.

You can claim back up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs.

It can be used alongside the funded hours for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds for any additional hours needed.

Find out more about Universal Credit and childcare.

Support while you study

You may be able to get help with childcare while you study. Schemes include:

  • Care to Learn - for learners under 20 who are in school or sixth form
  • Learner Support - for learners over 20 who are accessing further education
  • Childcare Grant - for learners who are in full-time higher education

Find out more about help with childcare while you study.

Check which scheme you would qualify for

If you're not sure which scheme would be right for you, you can check what help you could get with childcare costs.

You can also use Childcare Choices to find out more about the schemes available.

Contact the Families Information Service (FIS)

If you have any questions about the different childcare offers and your eligibility, please get in touch with the families information service: