Get help towards paying for childcare
Paying for childcare
We administer funded early education to support the cost of part-time childcare for parents of three and four year olds in Swindon. There are a number of additional sources of support for parents to help with the cost of childcare which are administered by other agencies.
Many working parents are able to access financial support for childcare through schemes administered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Information about them and links to the HMRC webpages are available through Gov.uk by following the links below:
Further guidance for working parents about paying for childcare and planned changes to childcare funding, is available from the Family and Childcare Trust.
In addition, there are occasions when Jobcentre Plus may be able to help with childcare costs for parents who are undertaking training authorised by Jobcentre Plus or who are returning to work. Jobcentre Plus personal advisers can give more information.
Students in further education
There are a number of ways that childcare for parents in further education can be funded, depending on circumstances such as age and income.
These include the following:
The care to learn scheme
This supports childcare costs for young learners under the age of 20. See the Gov.uk website - Care to Learn
Swindon College publishes financial information for students, including support for childcare. See the Swindon College website.
Students at New College should refer to the New College website - Student Services
Students in higher education
Extra help for higher education students who have children, may be available as part of their funding package. See the Gov.uk website - Student Finance
Other financial assistance
Many sources of additional financial support for parents, including information about Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit and the Sure Start Maternity Grant, are summarised on the Gov.uk website:
The Money Advice Service offers advice to parents about budgeting. See the Money Advice Service website - Budgeting for a Family