Help paying for childcare
Depending on how much you earn and how old your children are, your family may be able to get help with the cost of childcare.
If you're an essential worker during COVID-19, you may be able to get help with childcare.
For children under 5
20 hours free early childhood education
All 3, 4 and 5-year-olds can get free early childhood education for 6 hours a day, up to 20 hours a week.
If you have a dependant child who’s under 5 (or under 6 if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them), you might be able to get a childcare subsidy.
For children aged 5 to 13
You can get help with the costs of before school and after school programmes for up to 20 hours a week and school holiday programmes for up to 50 hours a week.