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About childcare

Understanding Childcare

To support parents to understand the different government childcare schemes and how they interact, a simple poster has been produced to simplify the full childcare offer.

If you are claiming benefits or on a low income your two year old may be entitled to funding. Check to see if your child is entitled to two year old funding.  

All children aged 3 or 4 years old are eligible for funded early education for up to 15 hours a week. The Government has increased this to 30 hours a week for working parents earning the equivalent of the National Minimum wage for 16 hours per week. The government has produced a handy information leaflet - 'Top things parents need to know about Tax Free Childcare and 30 hours'


Working parents in receipt of Universal Credit may be entitled to receive the childcare costs element of Universal Credit.  This means that they can be reimbursed up to 85% of their eligible childcare costs for childcare which enables them to take up paid work.  Parents can see what help they can get with the cost of childcare via the Childcare Choices website

This childcare costs element can be claimed by parents in addition to the DfE's free childcare element. 

The government has introduced a Tax Free Childcare scheme. 


Find out about help you could get with your childcare costs via the government on-line calculator


If your child has special educational needs or is disabled you may be entitled to additional support.


In North Somerset we support the campaign #Notababysitter Pacey campaign, which aims to dispell some of the myths about childminding as a childcare choice.

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