The government plans to give working parents help with childcare costs
The childcare tax break would be worth up to £2,000 a year per child - but only from 2015
The government wants to introduce a tax break to help with childcare costs, which could be worth up to £2,000 for each child, per year. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it won’t come in until the autumn of 2015. It will initially be available to children aged up to five, but will be available to under 12s within a year of that roll-out. How will it work and how will you be able to claim it?
Choosing the right childcare for your child and your budget; finding affordable childcare.
Choosing childcare that fits in with your job, suits your child and is affordable is no mean feat
Looking for childcare when you’re a new mum and you’re suffering the twin joys of sleep deprivation and 24-hour anxiety about your parental skills can be tough. And while there are lots of sources of help available, they’re not always obvious. If your parents live nearby and are happy to look after your children regularly, that’s certainly the cheapest option, but it’s not realistic for many parents.