This House of Commons Library briefing paper is intended to inform constituents about the financial support available to help with childcare costs.

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The note provides a brief introduction into the sources of support for a constituents with childcare costs, namely:

  • free hours of childcare for younger children;
  • childcare vouchers (Employer Supported Childcare);
  • Tax-Free Childcare;
  • Working Tax Credit childcare element;
  • Universal Credit childcare costs element;
  • help with upfront childcare costs under Universal Credit;
  • support for undergraduate (and some postgraduate) students.

This note applies to England only.

Links to more detailed Library briefing papers are contained within this paper.

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