Childcare funding options and eligibility
Most families can get some help with the costs of childcare depending on their circumstances and the ages of their children. We have outlined the main sources of help on this page.
- Our new leaflet Save money on your childcare bills (PDF 185KB) gives a brief guide to how you could cut your childcare costs
- Our overview Funding options June 2017 (PDF 186KB) outlines the different funding options and who is eligible
- Visit the government's new childcare choices website to explore different childcare options and register for updates
- Use the online childcare calculator to work out the amount of funding that you may get towards childcare costs
- You can also search for childcare providers
- If you need extra help please contact us
- Childcare professionals can sign up to receive our regular factsheet; Childcare Funding Facts (Issue 1), June 2017 (PDF 166KB)
Free childcare for two year olds
Some two year olds are eligible for 570 hours of free childcare spread across the year from the term after their second birthday. Find out more and apply online.
Free early learning for three and four year olds
All three and four year olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early learning spread across the year from the term after their third birthday. Read our Free Early Learning July 2017 factsheet (PDF 230KB) to find out more.
NEW childcare funding options for working parents
Tax free childcare
Tax free childcare will be introduced in Spring 2017 and offers up to £2,000 of support with childcare costs per child, per year and up to £4,000 for disabled children. Register your details at childcarechoices.gov.uk to receive email updates about how to register for tax free childcare.
Download our Tax Free Childcare Factsheet July 2017 (PDF 272 KB) to find out more.
30 hours free childcare
From September 2017, three and four year olds will receive an additional 570 hours per year of free childcare on top of the 570 hours they currently receive. This equates to 30 hours per week if the childcare is taken during term time only and around 23 hours per week if the childcare is taken year round.
Download our 30 hours free childcare August 2017 (PDF 374 KB) to find out more.
Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit
Parents who are claiming Working Tax Credit and are on a low income, could get up to 70% of their childcare costs paid for. Find out more about Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit will be introduced in Brighton & Hove from 2017/18. As part of the Universal Credit, parents will be able to claim up to 85% of childcare costs. Find out more about Universal Credit
Some employers offer a childcare voucher scheme which replaces part of your salary with vouchers that you use to pay childcare. This is worth up to £55 per week for basic rate taxpayers. No new applicants will be able to join the voucher schemes from Spring 2017 when the new tax free childcare scheme starts. Find out more about childcare vouchers
Help for students
Care to learn
Care to Learn pays up to £160 per child per week outside of London for parents aged under 20 at the start of their course in school, 6th form or 6th form college. Find out more about Care to Learn
The Childcare Grant
The Childcare Grant pays up to 85% of childcare costs for students in higher education who are eligible for student finance. Find out more about Childcare Grant