Tax credits for childcare - children between 0 and 15 (or 16 if disabled)
- For families with children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)
70% of childcare costs, up to a cap
If you cannot make a new claim for Tax Credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead
Tax credits are closed to new applications for the majority of people from 1 February 2019.
How the scheme works
If you are an existing tax credits customer you can claim back up to 70% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16 (or under 17 for disabled children).
Depending on your income, you could get up to £122.50 a week for one child or £210 for two or more.
You can use tax credits for childcare to help pay:
- Registered childminders, nurseries and nannies
- Registered after-school clubs and playschemes
- Registered schools
- Home care workers working for a registered home care agency
What's happening to Tax credits?
Universal Credit is replacing a number of existing benefits, including tax credits. If you are already receiving tax credits, you don't need to do anything now.
If you cannot make a new claim for tax credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.
You can't claim tax credits at the same time as:
- Universal Credit
- Tax-Free Childcare