Financial help for childcare costs

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30 / 7 / 2009

Please note that all figures quoted are correct at the time of publication. 

More information and advice on child tax credits, working tax credits and child benefit is available from HM Revenue and Customs or you could contact the tax credit helpline on 0845 3003900.  

Child Tax Credit

All families with children can claim Child Tax Credit if their income is less than £67,000 a year. The amount awarded depends on your personal circumstances and an employee doesn’t have to be the child's parent to be eligible, but must be the person who has responsibility for the child.

If the employee has a baby under one year old or a child with a disability, they can receive extra help.

Childcare element of Working Family Tax Credit

This is aimed specifically at working parents to help with the cost of registered and approved childcare, and can cover up to 80 per cent of childcare costs. If staff have one child in childcare they could receive up to £175 per week. With two or more children in childcare they could receive up to £300 per week.

Child Benefit

This is a regular payment made to anyone bringing up a child or young person. It’s paid for each child that qualifies and isn’t affected by an individual’s income or savings.

For the eldest child in a family the current payment is £20.00 a week and £13.20 a week for each additional child.

Further information

Childcare vouchers - information on childcare vouchers

Bursary-funded students - advice on the help available for childcare costs

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