You may be eligible to receive help from the government for childcare costs, as well as other forms of financial support, throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Nurseries are expected to reopen widely from June, along with some primary school year groups.
Childcare payments through Universal Credit
If you are currently working and are eligible for Universal Credit, you can claim back some of your childcare costs, regardless of how many hours you are working.
You may be able to claim up to 85 percent of your childcare costs, provided that you are eligible for Universal Credit and meet some other criteria. If eligible, you can receive:
- Up to £646.35 per month for one child
- Up to £1108.04 per month for 2 or more children
You will normally have to pay the costs upfront, and Universal Credit will then pay you some of that money back. If it isn’t possible for you to pay first, you can discuss other options with your work coach.
You can find a list of local registered childcare providers, here.
To make a claim, sign into your Universal Credit account, where you can report your childcare costs for the current assessment period.
Getting help with your claim from Citizens Advice
You are able to contact Citizens Advice about a number of important issues, including childcare and Universal Credit.
All Citizens Advice buildings are currently closed, but you can speak to them via phone or live chat.
Phone: 0800 144 8 444
You can call or chat to Citizens Advice 08:00-18:00, Monday-Friday.
Other financial support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
There are a number of other schemes offering financial support to workers who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, such as:
- The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
- “New Style” Employment and Support Allowance
- Increased levels of Universal Credit
We’ve covered all of these schemes in more detail, here.
Citizens Advice may be able to offer you help with claims on the above schemes as well, so it’s worth calling or chatting to them if you have any questions.