There are many different schemes put forward by the government to help and assist you in making childcare more accessible and affordable. Many employers also have schemes to help with childcare costs.
Nursery Education Grant (NEG)
NEG sessions are free for children aged 3 and four years old. There is also funding available for 2 year old children within a certain criteria. These sessions enable your child to 15 hours of free child care per 38 weeks of the year. Please contact the manager for further information if required.
Child Tax Credit
Child tax credit is money given to support families with childcare costs. This calculation is based on your individual circumstances and household income, but all families with an income of up to £58.000 a year are entitled to claim.
For further information contact the children’s information service at 12 bishop street Leicester- telephone number 01162254889. Or call tax credit helpline on 0845 300 3900. Or visit the Inland Revenue website on www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/taxcredits
Working Tax Credit
Working tax credit is for working families on low and middle incomes. You can apply to top up your earnings. Whether you are employed or self employed you may be entitled to help and support.
For further information contact your local children’s information centre or call the Tax Credit helpline on 0845300 3900. Or visit the inland revenue website as above.
30 hours free childcare
You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).
If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.
If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.
You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £125.28 if you’re over 25
This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago. (source: Gov.uk)