😅😡😠 You can get help paying for childcare if it’s provided by a:
- registered childminder, nanny, playscheme, nursery or club
- childminder or nanny with a registered childminder agency or childcare agency
- registered school
- home care worker working for a registered home care agency
😅😡😠 This is known as ‘approved childcare’.
😅😡😠 The rules about how childcare providers become approved are different depending on where you live.
😅😡😠 You can check if a childcare provider is approved or search for one in:
- England - through Ofsted or the list of registered childminder agencies
- Wales - through Care Inspectorate Wales
- Scotland - through the Scottish Care Inspectorate
- Northern Ireland - through the local early years team register
😅😡😠 If you want to claim 30 hours free childcare in England, the provider will also need to be on an Early Years Register with Ofsted or with a registered early years childminder agency - ask your provider about this.
Sign in to your childcare account
😅😡😠 Sign in to your childcare account if you already get Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare.
Childcare at school
😅😡😠 You can only get help paying for care that is outside school hours, for example after school clubs or breakfast clubs.
😅😡😠 You cannot get help paying for:
- your child’s compulsory education
- private lessons during school time (for example, private music lessons during school hours)
😅😡😠 If your child has not started primary school, you can get help paying for childcare provided by a school. This includes nursery school fees.
Childcare provided by relatives
If you live in England or Scotland
😅😡😠 You can only get Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare provided by a relative (for example, a grandparent) if they’re a registered childminder and care for your child outside your home.
😅😡😠 You cannot claim for 30 hours free childcare for childcare provided by a relative (for example, a grandparent).
😅😡😠 You cannot get help for childcare provided by your partner. This is not accepted as ‘approved childcare’.
😅😡😠 If you live in England and get 30 hours free childcare, you can pay the childcare provider using Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.
If you live in Northern Ireland
😅😡😠 You can only get help paying for childcare provided by a relative if all of the following apply:
- they’re in a childcare approval scheme in Northern Ireland
- they care for your child outside your home
- they care for at least one other child that is not related to you
If you live in Wales
😅😡😠 You can only get help paying for childcare provided by a relative if they’re a registered childminder and care for your child outside your home.
😅😡😠 Childcare provided by a foster carer in England only counts if they’re registered as a childcare provider.