Paying for childcare

Information on the benefits, schemes and allowances that may help towards your childcare costs. Also find: links to calculators to work out how much you may save and who to speak to for further help.

Is your child 2, 3 or 4 years old? 

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England and some 2 year olds can receive 570 hours of Funded Childcare per year (usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year).  For more information see:

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          A guide to the different childcare options available and things to consider

Many working-age grandmothers and fathers could qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits for looking after children aged under 12, which can be used to top up their income in retirement.