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What you’ll need

To check if you are eligible for 30 free hours a week, or Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll need to know the working hours and income for yourself (and your partner if you have one).

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

  • their dates of birth
  • what you think your weekly or monthly approved childcare costs might be or what they are
  • any benefits they get

It should take around 5 minutes to complete.

You can change your answers as many times as you like to recalculate and compare your results.

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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