Parenting, childcare and children's services

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


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Guidance and regulation

  • 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

  • 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

  • Claim Child Benefit

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

  • Tax credits: your payment dates

    Your tax credit payments - find out when they're due and early payment dates for bank holidays

  • 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

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News and communications

  1. Little Ducklings Pre-School inspection: Ofsted statement
  2. Leader of the commons to chair ministerial group on family support from conception to the age of two
  3. New Council for Internet Safety in the UK
  4. More than a million people still to need to renew their tax credits
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Policy and engagement

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