Extra Childcare Costs Support with Universal Credit

Are you currently receiving Universal Credit? According to figures, only 1 in 10 eligible parents are accessing government funding. You may be missing out on extra help with your childcare costs. Use our helpful guide to ensure you’re not missing out!

Am I eligible?

You can get the ‘Childcare Element’ extra funding of Universal Credit if:

  • You’re a single parent and you are in work
  • You are part of a couple and you both work, or one of you works and one is unable to work because they are ill, a carer for someone else, or absent from the household

How much can I get?

  • You could up to 85% of your childcare costs covered
  • Get up to a maximum of £646 per month for one child or up to £1108 with two or more children
  • The amount you get will depend on your family circumstances

Is this on top of government-funded childcare hours?

Yes, depending on your eligibility. This is where a lot of parents are missing out, because they may not realise that they are entitled to both. You can use the Universal Credit money towards childcare alongside your 15 or 30 hours government funding!

How do I apply?

Check the government Online Childcare Calculator to find out what funding you are entitled to.

Head over to the Childcare Choices website to apply for your funded hours as well as any money towards childcare if you’re receiving Universal Credit.

Get in touch with us to see how we can help if you’re unsure.

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