Paying for childcare

You can get help paying for childcare (approved childcare) if it’s provided by:

  • registered childminder, play scheme, nursery or club
  • childminder with an Ofsted-registered childminding agency
  • registered school
  • home careworker working for a registered home care agency

Help with childcare costs is available for children under 18. You might be able to apply for:

You could also get free hours childcare when your child is aged 2 to 4.

You might be able to apply for:

  • free education and childcare for 2 year olds 15 hours
  • free childcare for 3 to 4 year olds 30 hours free
  • childcare for 3 to 4 year olds

Find out more information about the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) 

You can only get childcare vouchers if you have already joined a scheme. Check the rules for childcare vouchers.

Coram Family and Childcare have information on Childcare Options, for all parents, including working parents, parents who are studying and families with disabilities.