Parenting, childcare and children's services

Financial support, finding and providing childcare, pregnancy and birth, adoption and fostering, looked-after children, safeguarding.


  1. Tax credits calculator

    Calculate how much tax credit (including working tax credits and child tax credits) you could get in total, from today's date to the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year

  2. Child maintenance calculator

    Work out the amount of child maintenance if you’re arranging it yourselves, or to get an idea of the statutory amounts from the Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service

  3. Check what help you could get with childcare costs

    Check what help you might be able to get with childcare schemes like tax credits, Tax-Free Childcare, childcare vouchers and free childcare or education for 2 to 4-year-olds

  1. Check if you can get leave or pay when you have a child

    Pay and leave for parents

  2. Child Benefit tax calculator

    Work out the Child Benefit you've received and your High Income Child Benefit tax charge

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Help paying for childcare

    Help with the cost of paying for approved childcare - Tax-Free Childcare, 15 and 30 hours childcare, childcare vouchers, tax credits, Discretionary Learner Support

  2. Child Tax Credit

    Child Tax Credits if you're responsible for one child or more - how much you get, tax credit calculator, eligibility, claim tax credits

  3. Working Tax Credit

    Working Tax Credit - how much money you get, hours you need to work, eligibility, claim, tax credits when you stop work or go on leave

  1. Claim Child Benefit

    Child Benefit - child benefit rates, eligibility, how to claim, child benefit claim form CH2

    • Guide
  2. Changes that affect your tax credits

    Why tax credits go up, down or stop - changes to your family or work life you need to report such as a change of address

    • Guide
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News and communications

  1. Improved mental health support for children in care

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
  2. Members announced for new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  3. Amanda Spielman at the Pre-school Learning Alliance annual conference

    • Ofsted
    • Speech
  4. Local area SEND inspection outcome letters

    • Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
    • Correspondence
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Policy and engagement

  1. Social Work England: secondary legislative framework
  2. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  3. Family and friends care: revising guidance
  1. Social Work England: secondary legislation

    • Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care
    • Impact assessment
  2. Regional adoption agency (RAA) scorecards

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
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  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  2. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 August 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  3. Ofsted Inspectors: lists

    • Ofsted
    • Transparency
  4. Direction issued to Isle of Wight council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  5. Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2018

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
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