Help with childcare costs

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Childcare costs can be expensive, this page tells you about financial support that could make it more affordable. 

Local support such as assisted places or additional needs referral schemes may also be available - see below.

Email or call  01633 210842 for advice and support. 

Wales childcare offer - eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may get a maximum 30 hours of combined education and childcare with the Welsh childcare offer.

Tax creditsChild Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit can help families with children and working people on low incomes.

Childcare vouchers - employer-supported salary sacrifice childcare vouchers can offer tax and National Insurance savings to parents who use eligible childcare. (no longer taking new applicants)

Universal credit - 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. 

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


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.

Parents, childcare and employment (PaCE)

Eligible parents who are out of work and have difficulty taking up training or employment because of childcare may be helped by the European Funded programme (PaCE)

Adults caring for a child under 12 

You 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. 

Additional needs referral scheme

The additional needs referral scheme can help families struggling to understand their child's behaviour, action or needs by helping to find a suitable playgroup or nursery. 

Assisted places scheme

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