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. Childcare vouchers: better off calculator

    Use this calculator to work out if you're better off getting childcare vouchers from your employer or claiming tax credits

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Guidance and regulation

  1. 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

  2. Claim Child Benefit

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

  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. 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, Sure Start, Discretionary Learner Support

    • 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. Minister visits projects supporting children's services in Leeds

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. SoS writes to Nicola Dandridge (OfS) delegating Prevent monitoring duty

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
  3. Local area SEND inspection outcome letters

    • Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
    • Correspondence
  4. Funding boost to improve speed and quality of adoption services

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  5. Social care commentary: what do local authorities need to do to improve from inadequate

    • Ofsted
    • Authored article
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Policy and engagement

  1. Surveys on childcare and early years in England
  2. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  3. A single inspection of voluntary adoption agencies
  1. Children’s social care providers: inspection frequency and fees

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 08 December 2017
  2. Revised guidance for virtual school heads and designated teachers

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 27 November 2017
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  1. 30 hours free childcare: eligibility codes issued and validated

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  2. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  3. Social care questionnaires 2017: what children and young people told Ofsted

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  4. Fostering in England 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • National statistics
  5. Characteristics of children in need: 2016 to 2017

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
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