Help with fees - Tax Free Childcare (TFC)

Here are a funding options and government initiatives about how you can get help with your childcare fees.

All 3 and 4 year old's are entitled to 1140 of free funded hours per year.

The maximum number of hours that can be funded in a week is 30 (term time and 22 hours and 45mins (over 50 weeks of the year.

30 (term time) and 22 hours 45mins (over 50 weeks per year)funded hours per week for early learning and childcare are now available for children who are 2 years old who meet specific criteria. 

Please contact the nursery to check availability. Which would be fully funded, at no cost to the parent. 

The children must be looked after or the parent or carer is in receipt of out of work benefits—in particular:

  • Income support
  • Job seekers allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income based)
  • Incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance
  • Pension credit

Tax credits are payouts made regularly by the government into bank accounts to support those with children or in work but with a low income. They're paid via the tax office and anyone aged over 16 who normally lives in the UK can apply to get them.

There are two types of tax credits. You can be eligible for none, one or both: Child Tax Credits -anyone with children, whether working or not, could be eligible. Working Tax Credits - anyone who works, whether they've got children or not, could be eligible. Remember to inform HMRC of your childcare costs when you do so.

There is an online calculator to help you calculate how much you may be entitled to. Click here.

Tax-free childcare is a digital service to help parents pay for childcare. For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will add an extra £2. Parents can then use that money to pay their childcare provider.

If you would like to find our more about this service you can visit or you can call them on 0300 123 4097.

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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