What you’ll need

Check if you are eligible for up to 30 free hours of childcare a week and Tax-Free Childcare for each child.

You’ll need to know:

  • your working hours and income
  • the working hours and income for your partner (if you have one)

You’ll also need information about your children, including:

  • their dates of birth
  • your likely weekly or monthly approved childcare costs
  • any disability benefits they get

Tax credits and Universal Credit

If you already get tax credits or are eligible to make a new claim for tax credits you can use the calculator to find out how much you could claim for childcare.

If you are not eligible to continue claiming tax credits or make a new claim, you may need to check separately if you are eligible to get help with childcare costs using Universal Credit.

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