Tax Free Childcare You can get up to £2,000 a year per child to help with the costs of childcare at the nursery.

Tax Free Childcare

You can get up to £2,000 a year per child to help with the costs of childcare at the nursery.

If you are eligible for the 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 use the Tax-Free Childcare account much like you would a bank account, transferring money in and out of it to pay the costs of the childcare. You can get Tax-Free Childcare in addition to receiving the 30 hours grant a week if you are eligible for both.

Puffins of Exeter is a registered childcare provider with the Tax-Free Childcare. Find out if you are eligible through the following link.


Early Years Entitlement

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 grant hours per year. It’s often taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year (term time only), but you can choose to take fewer hours spread accross the year (11 hours grant, 51 weeks of the year).

In additional to the above universal grant hours, some families will be eligible for the extended funding, also known as the 30 hours grant. You can apply for grant hours the term before your child turns 3 but will only be allowed to use the hours the term after their third birthday. The criterea for this is below:

  • You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £139 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).
  • If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
  • You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if either you, or your partner, each individually expect to earn £100,000 or more.

Once you have been confirmed elgible for the extended funding, you have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months through the gov website.

If you think you fit into the above critera and your child is turning 3, please apply though the following link.

Please contact Abby ( at the Head Office if you have applied for either of the above and she will be able to support you and answer any questions.

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