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Paying for Childcare

Paying for Childcare

There are various forms of financial help available to help families meet their childcare and other costs. 

The type of help available is varied and dependent on your personal circumstances and age of your child but could include:

  • Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
  • Tax-Free Childcare
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Direct payments
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Childcare vouchers
  • New Deal for Lone Parents
  • Work Choice
  • Discretionary Learner Support for students
  • Care to Learn
  • Childcare Grant
  • Parents' Learning Allowance

You can find out about all these different schemes and whether you might be eligible on the government's Childcare Choices website.


Visit the Childcare Choices website

Early Education Funding

Under the Government's Early Education Funding (EEF) scheme, some two year olds and all children aged three and four years are entitled to a free, early education place for 15 hours per week. 

The funding will continue until your child moves into a reception school class.

For more information visit our ‘Early education’ pages.

Early Education

30 hours childcare

From September 2017 the government will provide 30 free hours childcare to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds.

Kingston and Richmond have been chosen to work with the Department for Education on developing the 30 hours childcare offer. However the funding will only be available to parents when the scheme is fully rolled out across the country in September 2017. 

Find out more about the 30 hours offer in Kingston and Richmond