Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness McGregor-Smith Baroness McGregor-Smith Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure childcare costs are affordable in the UK.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

This government is making childcare more affordable and more accessible. Helping parents with their childcare costs is one of the best ways to support families with the cost of living and ensuring every child has the opportunity of a high-quality early education.

The government will spend around £3.5 billion on early education entitlements this year alone – more than any other government.

All 3 and 4-year-old children in England are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare. Children of working parents are eligible for an additional 15 hours, saving families up to £5,000 per year in total.

15 hours free early education is also available to the most disadvantaged 2-year-olds.

Tax-Free childcare provides additional financial help from government to help with any additional costs, worth up to £2,000 per child per year for children under 12 (or up to £4,000 per year for disabled children under 17).

Those parents in receipt of Universal Credit can claim up to 85% of their childcare costs. The Childcare Choices website supports families’ understanding of what might be available to them. This can be found at: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

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