You may be able to get extra tax credits to help with childcare costs, if you’re a working parent.
Single parents must work 16 hours or more a week to get childcare tax credits.
Couples must both work 16 hours or more a week. But only one of you has to work these hours if the other is:
- entitled to carer’s allowance
- in hospital or prison
- getting certain benefits, credits or reductions for disability or illness - eg Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or a disability premium for Housing Benefit
You could get up to 70% of the childcare costs you’re claiming for, up to a maximum of £175 a week for 1 child and £300 a week for 2 or more children.