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Support with childcare costs


Getting help with Childcare costs can seem like a minefield but do not worry. 


The website below is a 'one stop shop' for parents to find out about how the Government's Childcare support can benefit them. 


This new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer with minimum fuss.


Childcare Choices are introducing two new government schemes which will be rolled out gradually in 2017 – Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare.


Tax-Free Childcare

Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that families pay in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).

Tax-Free Childcare will be available for children under 12 years old (under 17 years old for disabled children) and can be used to contribute towards nursery, childminder and after-school care. To be eligible, parents must be in work (including self-employment) and each earning at least £120 per week and not more than £100,000 per year. The offer will be introduced to parents with the youngest children first and gradually rolled out so that all parents will be able to apply by the end of 2017.

Childcare providers must have signed up to be able to receive payments from Tax-Free Childcare. Parents can check which providers in their area are ready, using the childcare provider checker:

30 hours free childcare

30 hours childcare for three and four year olds will be available in England from September 2017. This doubles the existing 15 hours currently available and could save working families up to £5,000 a year.

Parents will be able to check their eligibility now using the online childcare calculator and, if eligible, submit an online application ahead of September. Once signed up, parents will receive an eligibility code to take to their childcare provider. Childcare providers will then check the code with their local authority. If eligible, parents can book their 30 hours place.


Please follow the link below to access the online calculator and to find out what you are eligible for.


Using the Childcare Calculator parents can see what different offers are available to them and choose what works best for their family. As parents, you can also use the website’s ‘keep me updated’ tool to register to get updates when you become eligible to apply.



If you want to find out more about accessing childcare sessions at South Normanton Nursery School, click on the image below: