Nursery Education Grant
All 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education each week for 38 weeks of the year. Once your child is 3 years old you can start claiming free nursery education from any of these start dates (during term time). Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours of free nursery education (for example, if parents are in receipt of certain state benefits). Non-funded hours are charged at £4.50 per hour.
Childcare Tax Credits
You could get extra tax credits to help pay for some of your childcare costs while you’re working (up to 70% of the childcare costs you’re claiming for).
Helpline for childcare tax credit: Tel: 0345 300 3900
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