Help to pay for childcare

You can get help paying for childcare if it’s by a registered provider such as :

  • childminder, nursery, cylch meithrin, play scheme or club
  • childminder with a registered childminder agency or childcare agency

Schemes that could be available for you:


  • Tax-free childcare scheme:  Helping working families with the cost of childcare.  
  • Childcare Offer For Wales:  Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may get a maximum 30 hours of combined education and childcare.
  • Child Tax Credit: Help for families with children and working people on low incomes.
  • Working Tax Credit: Help families with children and working people on low incomes.
  • Universal Credit A benefit for people out of work or on a low income.

  • Student Finance Wales:  Qualifying students in higher education may be able to claim a childcare grant.
    Students in further education studying in Wales may also be able to claim help with the cost of childcare from the Financial Contingency Fund. Ask for details at your college's student support office.

  • European Funded programme (PaCE):  Help for eligible parents who are out of work and have difficulty taking up training or employment because of childcare.

  • National Insurance credits:  You may be entitled if you are a grandparent, or other family member, caring for a child under 12 years old, usually while the parent or main carer is working. 


For further support please contact the Family Information Service: