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Make sure youre not missing out! Help with childcare costs and information on benefits for families.Hounslow Childrens Information Service: 0800 783 1696


Do you have children?

Are you confused about what benefits and help you and your family can access? Many families struggle with the expense of childcare and raising young children, and this guide aims to help explain the major types of financial help available, and how you can claim them. Many families do not claim financial help because they think that they will not be eligible. However, by reading through this booklet you can make sure that you will not miss out! In the quick reference table on the following pages, look at the circumstances column and select the section(s) that suits you best. Next to this, we have listed possible sources of financial assistance available to you. Turn to the pages listed to find out if you are eligible and how to claim.

How to use this guide

Please note that most people will fit into more than one category, for example, everyone will benefit from reading through the All Parents category, but then additional sections are relevant depending on whether or not you are working, if your child is disabled, if you are still studying, and so on. Make sure that you read each section carefully to ensure you read all the categories that you fit into, and therefore making sure that you are not missing out on any possible areas that may benefit you.

Hounslow Childrens Information Service

The Childrens Information Service offers information and guidance on local childcare and early years provision, including how to choose appropriate care to meet your needs. We have produced this guide to explain what financial assistance may be available to you and your family, including help with the cost of childcare. To receive up to date lists of registered childcare provision in the borough including nurseries, out of school and holiday schemes, childminders, pre-school playgroups, parent and toddler groups etc., or for any other childcare or family-related enquiry, please feel free to contact us:

Helpline: 0800 783 1696 (Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm) Email: PLEASE NOTE: Eligibility to claim any of the benefits and grants listed in this guide, and how much you will receive, will depend on individual circumstances. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this booklet, however we cannot guarantee that the information contained is absolutely accurate. This is because the information and entitlement figures detailed in this booklet were correct at the time of going to press and are subject to (usually yearly) change.





1. All Parents

Nursery Education Grant 2. Expecting a Baby Child Trust Fund Sure Start Maternity Grant

Child Tax Credit

3 3 4 5 5 6 9 9 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 13 4 9 9 9 10 11 11 12 12 13 9

Housing / Council Tax Benefit Maternity Leave Maternity Allowance Parental Leave Adoption Leave Statutory Maternity Pay

Income Support

Healthy Start Scheme

Statutory Paternity Pay

Keeping in Touch Days 3. Parent using childcare Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit Nursery Education Grant 4. You (and your partner) are not working or are working less than 16 hours a week Income Support Social Fund Help from your employer / Childcare Vouchers

Housing / Council Tax Benefit Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance Free School Meals School Uniform Grant Working Tax Credit Healthy Start Scheme

5. Returning to work or Starting Work

Housing / Council Tax Benefit

Help from your employer / Childcare Vouchers



6. Student

Learner Support Fund Childcare Grant

Childcare Support Fund Parents Learning Allowance Access to Learning Fund

14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 18 19 19 20 9 9 19 20

Career Development Loan NHS Childcare Allowance Grants and Bursaries Care to Learn Connexions

Sixth Form / College Travel Grant Student Support and Education Benefits

7. Teenage Parent

Education Maintenance Allowance New Deal for Lone Parents Carers Allowance Direct Payments Income Support

8. Lone Parent

9. Caring for a sick or disabled child Disability Living Allowance Disabled Element of Child Tax Credit Housing / Council Tax Benefit Covering the day-to-day costs

10.List of Useful Contacts



1. ALL PARENTS Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a tax-free regular payment made to anyone bringing up a child or young person. Its paid for each child that qualifies and isnt affected by income or savings, so most people bringing up a child can receive it. Youll be able to get Child Benefit if youre bringing up: a child aged under 16 a young person under 19 (under 20 in some cases) who is either studying in full-time education (A level or equivalent) or an approved training programme a 16 or 17 year old who recently left full-time further education or approved training and has registered for work or training with the Careers or Connexions Service or similar.

You will receive 18.80 per week for the eldest child and 12.55 per week for each additional child. You should claim Child Benefit as soon as: your child is born a child or young person comes to live with you you adopt a child you start to contribute to the cost of looking after a child

To get Child Benefit, youll need to complete a claim form and submit the child or young persons birth or adoption certificate. Photocopies cannot be accepted. Child Benefit can be paid into a bank, building society, Post Office card account or National Savings account that accepts Direct Payment. Child Benefit is paid every four weeks, but it can be paid weekly if: youre a single parent you or your partner or civil partner are getting Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

How to claim: Call 08453 021 444 or visit

Child Tax Credit

Families with incomes of up to 58,157 a year (or 66,350 per year if there is at least one child aged under one year old) can benefit from the Child Tax Credit. You do not have to be the childs parent to be eligible, but you must be the main person responsible for them.

The Child Tax Credit is for people who have at least one dependant child aged under 16 years, or who have at least one dependant child aged under 20 years who is in full-time non-advanced education or registered with the Careers Service or Connexions Service. The credit is paid to the main carer, that is, the person who is mainly responsible for looking after the children. You do not have to be in work to claim this credit, so students and the unemployed can claim.



Child Tax Credit is not intended to cover childcare costs, although parents may choose to use it for this purpose. Please see the table below for a break down of the elements which make up the child tax credit. Remember that these amounts are the maximum amount available and may be reduced depending on your income. Element Family Element Baby Element (up to a childs 1st birthday) Child Element (per child) Disabled Child Element Severely Disabled Child Element (per child) Maximum amount per annum 545 545 2,085 2,540 1,020

A family on Income Support will receive the full family element plus child allowances. Families on higher incomes will still receive a basic family allocation per year. There are also Disabled Child and Severely disabled child elements for children with a disability.

To find out if you are eligible or to make a claim call the Tax Credits Helpline on 0845 300 3900 (open 8.00am to 8.00pm) or visit and click on the individuals and employees tab.

Nursery Education Grant

For a list of settings in your area that are part of Hounslow Early Years Development & Childcare Partnership offering NEG, please contact: Childrens Information Service on 0800 783 1696

If your child attends a setting where sessions last for more than 2.5 hours, the setting may request additional fees for the time over the free 2.5 hours. Charges for extra time vary from setting to setting and are not controlled by the local authority. Settings should give clear information on charges for extra time and for any optional services. Most settings will automatically give this information, but if you do not receive it ask before registering your child with the setting.

The registered childcare provider will make a claim to the London Borough of Hounslow on your behalf on a particular date set by the local authority each term. This is usually 2 weeks into the start of each new term and it is the parent/carers responsibility to ensure that their child is enrolled in an eligible setting prior to this date as they will not be able to claim if they start after this date.

Children become eligible for the grant from the start of the term following their third birthday. If your childs third birthday is between

The Nursery Education Grant is funding which entitles all three and four year olds to a free part time place in a registered childcare setting that provides quality early years education. A free part time place is for 12.5 hours a week over 38 weeks of the year. The 12.5 hours per week are broken down into five 2.5-hour sessions and can be taken in the mornings, afternoons or a combination of both.

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