Help with childcare costs

Childcare may be more affordable than you think.

There are a number of schemes and grants available to help cover the costs of your childcare. Please click on one of the following links for details.

Help with summer childcare

Working parents can use Tax-Free Childcare, which is worth up to £2,000 per child per year, to pay for regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays.

With Tax-Free Childcare, for every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account the government pays in £2. The offer is available throughout the UK, to working parents including the self-employed with children aged under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children).

Lots of childcare providers in Salford have signed up to receive Tax-Free Childcare payments, including schools, football, art and tennis clubs. Parents that pay into their childcare account regularly can ‘save up’ to pay for childcare during school holidays if they choose. The money can go towards a whole range of registered childcare including nurseries, childminders, before and after school clubs, or holiday clubs.

Parents can apply for Tax-Free Childcare, and 30 hours free childcare in England, at the same time. Tax-Free Childcare can be used alongside 30 hours to help pay for additional childcare. Parents are encouraged to apply for 30 hours as soon as possible, in time for next term. To find out more visit Childcare Choices.

Childcare vouchers and tax credits

You can also visit HM Revenue and Customs and check out their childcare vouchers and tax credits better off calculator.

Universal Credit: Childcare guide

Useful information regarding childcare costs

This page was last updated on 13 August 2019

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