You can get funded childcare for your children with government help. There are different offers depending on the age of your children, and your personal circumstances.

Tax free childcare

Who’s it for?

Children: aged 0 to 11, or up to age 16 if they’re disabled.

Eligibility criteria

Families: working and earning at least £125 per week, including the self-employed.

What do I get?

For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year.

15 hours funded childcare (children aged 2)

Who’s it for?

Children: aged 2.

Eligibility criteria

Families: getting certain benefits.

What do I get?

You get 15 hours per week of funded childcare for 38 weeks or a total of 570 hours per year.

In Middlesbrough, it’s called ‘Achieving 2 Year Olds’.

30 hours childcare – universal

Who’s it for?

Children: aged 3 and 4.

Eligibility criteria

Families: all families.

What do I get?

You get 15 hours per week of funded childcare for 38 weeks (a total of 570 hours per year) starting from the term after your child’s third birthday.

30 hours childcare – extended

Who’s it for?

Children: aged 3 and 4.

Eligibility criteria

Families: working and earning at least £125 per week (including the self-employed). You won’t be eligible if you or your partner earn £100,000 or more.

What do I get?

You get up to 15 hours a week of funded childcare or the equivalent of 570 hours per year.

Find out what you can get

The government’s Childcare Choices website will show you which options are available to you, depending on:

  • whether or not you’re working
  • if you’re working, how much you earn
  • whether you live with a partner
  • whether or not your partner is working
  • if your partner is in work, how much they earn