This is extra money for working families to help pay for registered childcare.
You can get help paying for childcare if it’s provided by a:
- Registered childminder, play scheme, nursery or club
- Childminder with an Ofsted-registered childminding agency
- Registered school
- Home care worker working for a registered home care agency
This is known as ‘approved childcare’.
You can claim tax credits to help with your childcare costs if you’re eligible. Use this tool to work out what childcare costs you should claim. You can make your claim seven days before you start paying for childcare.
If you already claim tax credits for childcare costs and your costs have changed, you can also use this tool to work out if you need to report the change to the Tax Credit Office. Changes can be reported online or by telephone on 0345 300 3900.
You can’t claim tax credits and universal credit at the same time.