Childcare Costs

What help can you get with childcare costs?

Use this calculator on the government website to find out how much you could get towards approved childcare, including:

  • free childcare for children aged between 2 and 4
  • help with childcare costs if your child is under 16 (or under 17 and disabled)

To check if you are eligible for 30 free hours a week, or Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll need to know the working hours and income for yourself (and your partner, if you have one).

You’ll also need to give information about your children, including:

  •          their dates of birth
  •          what you think your weekly or monthly approved childcare costs might be or what they are
  •          any benefits they get

It should take around 5 minutes to complete.

Tax-Free Childcare

Did you know you can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare?

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

How you can use Tax-Free Childcare at Liscard Primary School

You can use it to pay for:

  •          additional pre-school provision
  •          before/after school club and Holiday Club at Liscard Pirates/Captains Club

Please contact our school office to check that we are already registered with your preferred scheme – we can usually add other schemes to our growing list!

Lots more information about eligibility and how to apply etc. is available at