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Working Parents Childcare

Childcare Choices is a government campaign that aims to make more parents aware of the financial support on offer to help them with the costs of childcare.

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From April 2024, working parents can get more help with their childcare costs, starting with 15 hours childcare for 2-year-olds.


The Childcare Choices website helps parents to find out what they might be eligible for, now and in the future, and when to apply.


Childcare is also expanding for primary-school children. From September 2024, parents in England are expected to see an expansion in the availability of childcare in their local area before and after school, that runs from 8am until 6pm or later, also known as ‘wraparound childcare’. If you are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare, you can use the support to help pay for wraparound childcare.


What Childcare Choices are available?

Find support for you

Use the Childcare Choice’s website’s Childcare Calculator, to quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.


Childcare support for 2-year-olds

  • 2-year-olds, whose families are receiving some additional forms of government support can get up to 570 hours of childcare support.
  • 2-year-olds, whose working parents are eligible, can get up to 570 hours of childcare support.


Childcare support for 9 – 23 month olds of eligible working parents

  • From April 2024, parents can apply for 570 hours of childcare support for 9-23 month olds, if there are eligible working parents.
  • You can apply from April 2024, for a 1 September 2024 start,


Childcare support for 3 and 4 year olds

  • All 3 and 4 year olds can get up to 570 hours of childcare support. These hours can be spread across the year and begin from the term after their third birthday.
  • 3 and 4 year olds, whos working parents are eligible, can receive up to 1,140 hours (or 30 hours a week) of childcare support spread across the year.

Tax credits and Universal Credit

  • Tax credits – for working families with children under the age of 16 (or under 17 if disabled), 70% of childcare costs will be covered, up to a cap
  • Universal Credit -  for working families claiming Universal Credit, with children under the age of 16, 85% of eligible childcare costs will be covered, up to a cap



Further information

For more information about the upcoming changes to childcare support, please visit the Childcare Choices website.



Other resources

Working parents – Frequently Asked Questions

Tax-free childcare - Frequently Asked Questions


Last updated: 04/03/2024