What free childcare support does the government provide?

There are three separate government-funded childcare schemes offering free childcare for children aged two, three and four. Each has different eligibility rules. (There are different rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland): 
•    15 hours free childcare for 2-year-olds (eligibility is linked to receipt of certain low-income benefits);
•    30 hours free childcare for 3 & 4-year-olds (available for eligible families in work);
•    Eligible working parents may also be able to claim tax free childcare.  

You can find details of what is available and how to apply on the GOV.UK webpage: Help paying for childcare.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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