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Help with fees
Childcare costs are a major consideration that many parents need
to take into account when choosing which type of childcare to
They may be entitled to receive financial assistance, depending
on individual circumstances and the ages of their children.
Information about a wider range of financial help for parents on a low income is
also available on this website.
Help for working parents
If you are a working parent, you could be entitled to Working Tax Credit and
extra help towards childcare through Child Tax Credit. To check your eligibility
or get a claim pack, visit the HM Revenue and
Customs website or phone 0845 300 3900.
Help for lone parents
You can get up to £60 In work credit if
you’re a single parent and you stop claiming benefit because you’re
starting work or self-employment.
Help for students
Higher education students with dependant children may be able to
get help paying for childcare while they study. The amount will
depend on whether they have any other income. The Department for
Work and Pensions (DWP) does not count the childcare grant when it
works out benefit entitlement.
If you are studying at a further education college, you may be
able to get help from its access fund, subject to your financial
Information on all aspects of student support is available from
the student support information line on 0800 731
Help for parents of three and four-year-olds
Free sessions are available at all Ofsted-registered day nurseries, pre-school
playgroups and accredited childminders in Medway. For a
list of pre-schools, nurseries and accredited childminders in your
local area contact the Family Information Service using the details
Help from your employer
If you are a working parent, you may able to get help from your
employer. Many businesses are beginning to recognise that
family-friendly policies are a necessary part of recruiting and
retaining their workforce.
To help with the cost of childcare, some employers offer their
vouchers (pdf 29KB). To download this pdf you will need Adobe
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The vouchers are usually offered in return for a reduction in
part of your cash salary (sometimes called salary sacrifice). The
first £55 per week of a childcare voucher is exempt from both tax
and national insurance contribution so long as the voucher is used
to pay for registered childcare. If you decide to accept childcare
vouchers, this may affect your entitlement to tax
For details of childcare in your area or for further information
on Early Years and Childcare, please contact the Family Information
Service on 01634 335566 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the Family
Find out more about help for working parents.