Help with Childcare Costs
Child Tax Credit is available for families with children whether or not you are in work. The amount you receive is based on your annual income and will decrease as your income rises. This may be used to cover childcare costs but is not specifically a payment for childcare.
Working Tax Credit supports working people (employed or self-employed) on low incomes. You must be working 16 hours as a single person or 24 hours between you if you are part of a couple, with one of you working a minimum of 16 hours. The amount you receive is based on your annual income and will decrease as your income rises.
Childcare Element of the Working Tax Credit can help towards the costs of registered or approved childcare if you are eligible. The amount you receive is dependent on the household income and your childcare costs. You may be better off using childcare vouchers if your income is high.
New claimants will not usually be able to apply for tax credits and will need to apply for Universal Credit instead.
The Tax-Free Childcare scheme is available for all working parents (including self-employed) with children under the age of 11 (17 for children with a disability) and doesn’t rely on your employer offering a scheme. The government will top up the amount you pay into your Tax-Free Childcare account. You cannot get Tax-Free Childcare if you are already in receipt of Universal Credit/Tax Credits or childcare vouchers.
If you are already accessing childcare vouchers you continue to access them for as long as your employer continues to offer them. The childcare voucher scheme is no longer open for new families to join.
This calculator (external link) will help you to decide whether you’re better off using Universal Credit/Tax Credits or Tax-Free Childcare/childcare vouchers.
Childcare Offer in Wales for 3 to 4 year olds (30 hours)
The Welsh Government Childcare Offer for Wales is available in all areas of Wrexham County Borough.
All eligible working parents living in Wrexham can apply to access the offer for children from the start of the term following their third birthday until the September after they turn 4 to access:
- up to 30 hours per week of combined Childcare and Early Years Foundation Phase Education during the term time and
- up to 9 weeks of childcare (30 hours) in the school holidays through the Childcare Offer
Wrexham and Flintshire Councils are working jointly to provide the Childcare Offer in Wrexham. Wrexham parents can check their eligibility and apply on-line on the joint online system hosted by Flintshire Council for the Childcare Offer in Wrexham.
If parents have any queries relating to the Childcare Offer for Wales in Wrexham, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with
- Wrexham Family Information Service (for general enquiries) on email@example.com or 01978 292094 or
- Flintshire Childcare Offer Team (for queries about applications) on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01352 703930.
This offer applies to 30 hours of government-funded childcare that includes Early Entitlement and Foundation Phase Nursery Provision for three and four year olds of working parents for up to 48 weeks of the year. Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday.
The entitlement is as follows:
|Scheme||Education Entitlement||Childcare Allowance||When|
|Early Entitlement||10 hours per week||20 hours per week||Term time - 39 weeks of the year|
|Foundation Phase Nursery||12.5 hours per week||17.5 hours per week||Term time - 39 weeks per year|
|30 hours for up to 9 weeks pro rata||School Holidays|
The Money Advice Service has a number of practical hints and tips to help you make your money go further as well as a budget planner to help manage your money.
Confidential, practical advice and support with debt issues can be provided by:
- Citizen’s Advice Bureau – 0300 330 1178
- Universal Credit is the new single, monthly payment for people who are on a low income or are out of work. All new claimants will access Universal Credit in Wrexham CB. If you are currently on other benefits these will be replaced by Universal Credit in the next few years, but you may also be transferred over to Universal Credit sooner if you report a change in your circumstances.
- Universal Credit replaces Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Working Tax Credit.
- You can use a benefits calculator (external link) to work out how much you may be entitled to.