Help with Childcare Costs

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Tax and benefit support can help to make childcare more affordable.  

 

Tax credits

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit can help families with children and working people on low incomes.

 

Childcare vouchers

Employer-supported salary sacrifice childcare vouchers can offer tax and National Insurance savings to parents who use eligible childcare. 

 

Universal credit 

Universal Credit is a benefit for people out of work or on a low income and replaces six income-based, work-related benefits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. 

 

Tax-free childcare scheme 

The tax-free childcare scheme helps working families with the cost of childcare.  

You can apply now if your child will be under four on 31 August 2017 or is disabled. 

 

Students

Students in higher education may be able to claim a childcare grant if they meet the qualifying criteria, read more on Student Finance Wales.

Students in further education studying in Wales may be able to claim help with the cost of childcare from the Financial Contingency Fund, ask for details at your colleage's student support office.

 

Parents, childcare and employment (PaCE)

Eligible parents who are out of work and have difficulty taking up training or employment because of childcare may be helped by the European Funded programme (PaCE). 

 

Adults caring for a child under 12 

You may be entitled to receive National Insurance credits if you are a grandparent or other family member caring for a child under 12, usually while the parent or main carer is working. 

 

Tax Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare may be available to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work, if they want to, to provide greater security for their families.

 

The Childcare Offer For Wales (30 hours Childcare)

The Childcare Offer For Wales is a Welsh Government initiative and will provide eligible working parents with 30 hours childcare for 3-4 year olds only.

The 30 hours childcare will be a combination of early education (between 10 – 12.5 hours) and childcare (between 17.5 – 20 hours), for up to 48 weeks per year. Eligible children will be able to access 30 hours childcare from the term after their 3rd birthday, until they enter full time education the term after their 4th birthday.

The Childcare Offer for Wales is currently being piloted in specific areas of Anglesey, Caerphilly, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Swansea and in all of Blaenau Gwent. Monmouthshire will come on board in January 2019.