Paying for Childcare

New Guidance for Assisted Places 2015/2016
The Assisted Places Grant supports the improvement in the welfare or quality of life of the child by providing access to CSSIW registered, quality childcare placements and to support a child’s social development or to address a child’s emerging needs. The grant will pay the childcare fees and/or 1:1 support for individual children to access sessional childcare at an approved childcare setting for an initial period of one term. Some families may be eligible to apply for both the childcare fees and the 1:1 support elements of the grant. For more informaton please click on the below application forms and guidance.

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Tax Free Childcare Scheme Update
Please note that the below Tax Free Childcare Scheme has been postponed until early 2017. Please call us on freephone 0800 0196 330 for further information about help with childcare costs.


Tax Credits
For information on all forms of tax credits click here to visit the Inland Revenue's Tax Credits Website or call their helpline between 8am and 8pm on 0345 3003900.

Click on the images below to access the PDF booklets through the Inland Revenue's website.


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Universal Credit
Universal Credit, which will replace the current benefit system, will be introduced from 2013. Find out more about Universal Credit, which benefits it will replace, who will be affected and when, with Gingerbread's online guide.

The Money Advice Service
For up-to-date information and advice on how to manage your money as your baby grows up please visit the 'Parents guide to money' page at Money Advice Service website

Help with Childcare Costs - Information for parents in Wales The Daycare Trust has produced several guides specifically for parents living in Wales. Please click here to visit the relevant page of the Daycare Trust website.

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Torfaen FIS document - Help With Childcare Costs

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Gingerbread - Support for single parents
Finding and paying for childcare can be a big worry for many single parent families. Gingerbread provides a three-step interactive tool which can help single parents find local childcare providers, identify financial support available to help them cover the costs of childcare, and work out how their income may be affected by changes to their childcare costs.

Help for Students
Click on the image to download the Welsh Government's guide for support in Higher Education.

Better Advice, Better Off Campaign from Citizens Advice Bureau
Please click on the below image for advice on benefit take up from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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HM Revenue & Customs Childcare Indicator - An online calculator to establish whether childcare vouchers or working tax credit would be more beneficial in paying for childcare.

It may be that you could access financial help via your local council in the form of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, depending on your circumstances. Use the Web Benefit Calculator to work out if you are entitled to assistance.

Is your child eligible for free school meals? To find out and to complete an application form please click here.

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