Help with childcare costs

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Childcare costs can be expensive but there is financial support that could make it more affordable. Local support may also be available - see below.

Email [email protected] or call  01633 210842 for advice and support. 

Under the Childcare Offer for Wales, you could claim up to 30 hours of early education and childcare a week, for up to 48 weeks a year. The government-funded scheme aims to lessen the burden of childcare costs

The tax-free childcare scheme helps working families with the cost of childcare.  

Universal Credit is a benefit for people out of work or on a low income and replaces six income-based, work-related benefits including child tax credit and working tax credit. 

Qualifying students in higher education may be able to claim a childcare grant, read more on Student Finance Wales.

Students in further education studying in Wales may be able to claim help with the cost of childcare from the Financial Contingency Fund, ask for details at your college's student support office.

Adults caring for a child under 12  may be entitled to receive National Insurance credits if you are a grandparent or other family member caring for a child under 12, usually while the parent or main carer is working.

The assisted places scheme helps families living in financial hardship to find childcare so that they can work or look for employment or training.

Check what help you could receive with childcare costs using the Welsh Government calculator